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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Take a Closer Look at Europe's New Money

Europe's new coins and bills haven't been around for long, but they've already attracted collectors and admirers around the world, including Russia.

Eurocoins.ru, located at www.eurocoins.boom.ru, pays tribute to the new money. An article on the home page is dedicated to the advent of the euro, while a gallery shows images of the coins -- which have a common design on one side and a national emblem on the other -- that now grace the cash registers of Austria, Belgium, the Vatican, Germany, the Netherlands, Greece, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Finland and France.

"The monetary units themselves are an object for many collectors in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States," author Anton Bazelinskov wrote on the site, which hit the Russian Internet last week. "According to my observation, this is the first site in the Russian language that sheds light on this interesting form of collecting."

Visitors to the site can click on the flags at the top of the home page to see pictures of that country's coins and learn some history as well.

Greece's two-euro coin, for example, is emblazoned with a mythical image taken from a Spartan mosaic of Zeus in the form of a bull stealing off with Europa. Not only is the coin shown on the site, but there is also a reproduction of the mosaic itself.

Italy's one-euro coin is graced with Leonardo da Vinci's famous "Study of the Proportions of a Human Being," with a reproduction of the real drawing, which sits in the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice, to the right.

Ireland, meanwhile, chose a single design for all its euro coins, which are emblazoned with a Celtic harp, the country's symbol.

By clicking on the euro symbol, visitors can have a look at the flip-side of the coin, common throughout Europe, which was designed by Belgian artist Luc Luycx.