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 coinage - "1989". 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 three of the values of the first all-Russian coin kopeck, Denga, Polushka. Upstairs along the rim, a semicircular inscription: "500-ЛЕТИЕ ЕДИНОГО РУССКОГО ГОСУДАРСТВА" down more finely along the rim "ПЕРВЫЕ ОБЩЕРУССКИЕ МОНЕТЫ" Below the figure indicate the date of coinage of the Russian coins "XVIв."
On the front and back parts of the coin along the circumference has a raised rim.
Shown here are specimens from the Museum of the Goznak "History of money" Saint-Petersburg mint
In 1534-1538 the years, the mother of Ivan the terrible, Elena Glinskaya, who then ran the government for the minor king, held a monetary reform to end the use of the money in the country in different weights, denomination and origin. A few decades ago, the process of unification of lands around Moscow, so the centralization of coinage was one of the priorities. Were closed many of the smaller mints, and the rest began to mint coins of three denominations: kopek Denga (1/2 kopek) and Polushka (1/4 kopeks). Denga and Polushka was in monetary circulation for a long time, and penny appeared only when Elena Glinskaya. A penny depicted a horseman with a spear (hence the name), dengue - rider with a sword on the mite - bird. On the reverse side indicates the title of Prince (from 1547 the title of Tsar).