The Cypriot€1 and €2 coins show a cruciform idol (Idol of Pomos) dating from the period around 3000 BC. It is thought to be a fertility symbol.
Euro coins and banknotes were introduced on 1 January 2002 in twelve countries. Today, the euro area has grown to include 18 countries. Euro coins feature a common design on one side. Also, the national side (reverse) of every coin includes a ring of 12 stars from the European Union flag. Each country has its own design for the national side of its coins.