The obverse of the coin
in the upper part of the disc - the coat of arms of the USSR of the sample of 1956: the hammer and sickle on a globe, beneath the rising sun, at the top a five-pointed star; the sides of the ears of corn, tied with fifteen turns of the tape, the lower stage is much wider, symbolizes the RSFSR (the rest of the coils - the other republics). Under the arms the full width of the coin there is an inscription "СССР" below is the value: a large stylized number "5" under which a semicircle along the edge to the floor "РУБЛЕЙ" even the small numbers below the year of issue "1988".The reverse of the coin
depicts a relief panorama of St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, the main volume of the Church is hidden behind trees, all you see are the dome and bell tower. At the bottom horizontally is the inscription «КИЕВ» Over the domes of the right side indicates the date of construction of the Cathedral «XI ВЕК» Up in a semicircle along the rim the inscription: «СОФИЙСКИЙ СОБОР» All inscriptions in ancient script.
The obverse and reverse of the coin features the speaker on the circumference of the piping.
Date of issue: 12 October 1988, refers to a series of coins dedicated to the attractions of the USSR.
Artist: A. G. Miroshnichenko.
The Sculptor: S. M. Ivanov.
Total circulation: 2 million pieces, of which 325 thousand coins collectible proof performance
Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kiev is one of the oldest surviving Russian Orthodox churches, was built on the orders of Yaroslav the Wise in XI century by architects from Byzantium. Inside has original mosaics made in the Byzantine style, as well as ancient frescoes. The temple's exterior was slightly redesigned in the XVII-XVIII centuries, and found the elements of the Ukrainian Baroque style. According to some Ukrainian historians, the Cathedral was built on the spot where Prince Vladimir was baptized, but chronicle sources indicate that this occurred in the town of Korsun (now Khersones) to the Crimea.