The €1 and €2 euro coins depict a double cross on three hills, as featured in the emblem of Slovakia.This coat of arms was introduced on 1 March 1990, initially as the emblem of the Slovak Republic within the state of Czechoslovakia. Later it was endorsed as the emblem of the newly-independent Slovakia. These coins were designed by Ivan Rehák.
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.