The inner part of the coin depicts a stylised bell made up of a series of keys. This recalls the demonstration on 17 November 1989, when marching citizens shook their bunches of keys to make a jangling sound. This marked the beginning of the Velvet Revolution. To the bottom right of the design are the artist’s mark and the mint mark of the Slovak Mint (Mincovňa Kremnica). The design is surrounded above by the legend ‘17. NOVEMBER SLOBODA — DEMOKRACIA’ and the dates ‘1989-2009’ and below by the name of the issuing country, ‘SLOVENSKO’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.