The national side of the Italian €1 coin shows Vitruvian Man, Leonardo da Vinci’s famous drawing. It features a man in two superimposed positions with arms and legs outstretched. This drawing is still regarded as a prime example of Renaissance aesthetics and remains one of the most popular and most reproduced figures of all time. The drawing was transformed for the coin’s design by Laura Cretara.
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.