As part of all my unit studies, I like to have the girls handle and compare REAL money from that country. Even though my oldest is only four, she can compare the size, color, shape, etc to money we use here in the United States. We also look at the value and try to compare (for example) how our five-cent piece differs or is the same.
Eventually I hope my little ones grasp the value of money, but for now this is excellent for contrasting and comparing and exploring terms such as “smaller, larger, darker, lighter, heavier, lighter, bigger, smaller, etc”
There are eight euro coin denominations, ranging from one cent to two euros (each euro is divided into a hundred cents). These coins were introduced in the early 2000s, and have a common side which is a map of Europe, but each country using the euro has its own design on the other side. So for example, there are Irish, German, Finnish, Italian, etc versions of the Euro. In 2015, there were 23 countries issuing coins with their own national sides, making 184 different euro coins, not counting annual differences or commemorative coins.
I thought of getting Euros specific to each country, but that was too much cost and work, so I decided to just have one example as these coins are used across countries frequently.
How fun is it to play with money from other countries?!