The obverse of the coin in the center there is the emblem of the Bank of Russia (the eagle with drooping wings, I. Bilibin). Up in a semicircle along the rim the inscription: "ДВАДЦАТЬ РУБЛЕЙ" below "БАНК РОССИИ"(the inscriptions are separated by ornaments, consisting of five diamonds).
The reverse of the coin is the relief image of the research vessel "Yuri Gagarin", below can be seen the corals and clams on the seabed. In the left part of the picture near Kant is a mark of the Leningrad mint (stylized letters "ЛМД" underneath near Kant indicated the year of coinage - "1996". At the top by a stylized semi-circular strip is placed the inscription: "300-ЛЕТИЕ РОССИЙСКОГО ФЛОТА" down on top of the figure is also a half circle "НАУЧНО-ИССЛЕДОВАТЕЛЬСКОЕ СУДНО"
The obverse and reverse of the coin features the speaker on the circumference of the piping.
The Artist: A.V. Baklanov.
The Sculptor: S. A. Kornilov.
Release date: 18 Oct 1996
Before coming to power of Peter the Great in Russia was not regular Navy. A small flotilla was created directly before the fighting and consisted of several ships. In 1688, on lake Pleshcheyevo in Pereslavl-Zalessky create a "Funny fleet", which included miniature ships for training sailors. In the 90-ies of the XVII century began to put the Azov fleet, and in 1696, a Royal decree confirmed the creation of a regular Russian Navy.
The ship "Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin" was launched in 1971, was used for control of spacecraft using ground-based points of contact. Was the world's largest vessel of this type. Had a length of 231 meters, width - 31 meters, a displacement of 45 thousand tons. The ship was assigned to the port of Odessa, after the collapse of the Soviet Union passed into the possession of Ukraine. In 1996 it was sold for scrap for $ 7.6 million.