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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 "1991". 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".
The reverse features a sailing ship, sailing to the coast of Alaska, in the left part of the Seagull and symbolic image of the astrolabe (the main instrument of the sailors of that time). Upstairs along the edge to the handwritten font in a semicircle the inscription: "250 ЛЕТ ОТКРЫТИЯ РУССКОЙ АМЕРИКИ" at the bottom in the same font, but more finely - "КРЕПОСТЬ РОСС • 1812"
On the front and back parts of the coin along the circumference has a raised rim.
Date of issue: 22 April 1991.
In 1812, Kuskov A. I. was founded fortress Ross, who became one of the most remote Russian settlement in history (now the Northern part of the state of California, 80 miles North of San Francisco). Hence began the development of Alaska, and later settlements began to appear further North. In 1869, the Alaska and a narrow strip along the Pacific coast with a Fort Ross sold to the USA for 7.2 million dollars. Now at this point the descendants of Russian settlers recreated the wooden Orthodox Church and Russian village. The population has long does not speak Russian, but following some customs.