The national side of the 1, 2 and 5-cent coins depicts the Kriván peak in the Tatra Mountains, symbolising a guarantee of Slovakian independence. Kriván, with an elevation of 2,494 metres, is one of the highest peaks in Slovakia.Its striking shape has given rise to numerous myths and legends in Slovak culture.
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.