The obverse of the coin at the top the emblem of the USSR of the sample of 1956 (15 bands of tape around the number of the Union republics, the lower coil larger than the other). Under the emblem of a large letter "СССР" yet below is the value: a large figure "3" under it the word "РУБЛЯ" At the very bottom near Kant is the year of issue "1988". In the bottom left, under the horizontal line in the two lines marked metal, fineness and weight of pure silver - "Ag 900 to 31.1" on the right side under the same trait located at the same level, is a mark of the Leningrad mint (stylized letters "ЛМД".
On the reverse in the center the relief image of two sides of ancient coins-srebrenik. Upstairs along the rim, a semicircular inscription: "1000-ЛЕТИЕ ДРЕВНЕРУСКОЙ МОНЕТНОЙ ЧЕКАНКИ" down more finely along the edge, but in two lines - "СРЕБРЕНИК ВЛАДИМИРА" The right of the image of the coin shows the date of the first Russian coinage - "988.".
On the front and back parts of the coin along the circumference has a raised rim.
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The first Russian coins began to be minted by Prince Vladimir around the same time the baptism of Rus. They were made of silver by cutting out circles from a sheet and the subsequent chasing, its size and weight repeated Byzantine coins. On one side was depicted a Trident - the coat of arms of Rurik, on the other - Christ or the Prince on the throne. The circumference was given the title of Prince. Along with partially silver coins later began to make gold about the same weight, but smaller. The scale of production of the first coins were very low, hence their rarity in chests. Most likely, the aim was to establish the circulation of money (this has been successfully used foreign coins), and show viability of Russia as a state. After Yaroslav the Wise coinage was suspended and resumed only in the XIV century, when the feudal fragmentation, the coins became smaller and much worse quality.