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1 euro SLOVAKIA (from 2009)

1 euro from 2009 - Slovak coins
1 euro from 2009 - obverse to reverse alignment
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
23.25 mm 7.5 g 2.33 mm Cu75Zn20Ni5/Cu75Ni25
obverse:
double cross on a triple-peak mountain - Slovak coat of arms; along the right edge: SLOVENSKO (Slovakia); along the left edge year of issue; at the edge a ring of twelve five-pointed stars - symbol of the European Union
reverse:
left from the centre face value 1, on the right inscription: EURO; in the background of the inscription a map of Europe; in the background of the map vertically six parallel lines ending on both sides with five-pointed stars (the reverse is common for all euro coins)
edge:
three reeded and three plain sections
issue date:
1 I 2009
withdrawal date:
still in circulation
designer:
Ivan Řehák (monogram above the right peak on the obverse), Luc Luycx (initials LL below letter 'O' in EURO on the reverse)
mint:
Mint mark of the Kremnica Mint Mincovňa Kremnica (Kremnica Mint), Kremnica (mint mark above the left peak on the obverse) 
mintage:
2009 46 776 900 + 95 100 in boxed annual sets
2010 - + 65 000 in boxed annual sets
2011 - + 49 000 in boxed annual sets
2012 ??? + 39 000 in boxed annual sets
interesting facts:
Slovakian coat of arms is actually a heraldic copy of the "new" coat of arms of the northern lands of Kingdom of Hungary, except that Pan-Slavic colours are used - white, red and blue. The Byzantine double cross is probably associated with the christianising mission of Cyril and Methodius in the 9th century, and triple-peak mountain refers to the three mountain ranges of the northern part of the Kingdom of Hungary: Tatra, Mátra and Fatra, of which Fatra and Tatra is now in Slovak territory.

An illustration of the 15th century chronicle of Istvan Thuroczy depicting King Stephen II of Hungary (1101-1131) with the coats of arms of the northern and southern part of Hungary. On the left, for comparison, the current coat of arms of Slovakia and of Hungary on the right.
King Stephen II of Hungary with heraldic shields
photo licence: CC-BY-SA 3.0

The Kremnica Mint was established in 1328 and is one of the longest continuously operating manufacturing plants in the world. 
Last update: 13 X 2012

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