I rather like national designs on the "head" sides of coins. As a young boy, I had a "Eurocollector" book in which I was gathering the Euro coins from all EU Member States (and from Monaco, the Vatican and San Marino, curiously enough). This probably shaped my view of Europe from a young age and in a rather sound manner, I would say. I have always been struggling (and I still am!) to find coins from Eastern European countries, so I would favour a reform according to which the number of Euro coins assigned to each country is not determined (solely) based on the size of their economy, but perhaps on an equal footing or by taking other factors into account. On the contrary, I am rather sceptical about the "front" side. It looks rather technical, you see that "logos" won over "pathos" in the choice of the design. A symbol of unity, such as the map so far, does make sense to me. This is, after all, the counterpoint of the "diversity" side. Yet, the current map is hardly hardly legible and Western centric. In short: better representation of Eastern European countries on head sides, and perhaps a nicer/larger map on front sides.
Great musicians. I would love to find Sibelius and Bizet in my wallet!
Doesn't bother me in the slightest as we (UK citizens) have the pound sterling.
Maybe not a specific figure, but more like 'movements' or periods - eg trade between vikings and Europe, stuff like that
National/regional designs of all of Europe: Like for example, a German banknote could have in one side images of famous Germans like for example, Michael Schumacher, Konrad Adenauer, Lothar de Maiziere on one side and on the other an image representative of Germany, like for example the opening of the Berlin wall and its fall and a map showing both East and West Germany uniting. In the case of Spain there should be for example on one side great Spanish democrats such Manuel Azaña or Adolfo Suárez an on the other hand something representative of the Spanish culture. In each of the different regions recognized as nationalities they should have different designs. Catalan ones should feature on one side prominent Catalans such as Francesc Macià and in the other a map of Catalonia or sceneries of Catalan life and/or mountains. Iconic points in European history. Such as the suffragist movement, etc.
Alcide de Gasperi, Winston Churchill, Mikhail Gorbachov, John Major, Gerhard Schröder, Stefan Heym, Sissi, Elizabeth II, Tsar Alexander II, Lenin, Marx, Engels, Konrad Adenauer, Günther Schabowski, Olof Palme, Bertrand Gachot (a F1 driver who said that he felt more European than any other form of identity) Salvador Puig-Antich, etc.
Famous European scientists.
Please only scientists.