The Monastery of the Nativity Birth-Giver-of-God Hermitage of Kursk
the two-headed eagle designed by artist I. Bilibin. The inscriptions along the rim: at the top — «3 РУБЛЯ 1997 г.» (3 RUBLES 1997), at the bottom — «БАНК РОССИИ» (BANK OF RUSSIA). The letters below indicate the metal sign, the fineness, the fine metal content and the mint trademark.
the picture of the Monastery and the miraculous Icon «The Omen». The inscriptions along the rim : «МОНАСТЫРЬ КОРЕННОЙ РОЖДЕСТВО-БОГОРОДИЦКОЙ ПУСТЫНИ» (THE MONASTERY OF THE NATIVITY OF BIRTH-GIVER-OF-GOD HERMITAGE), and «Курск» (Kursk), divided with dots, at the top – the date «1597».
The artists: A.A. Kolodkin, V.I. Zaslavski
The sculptors: V.I. Zaslavski, A.A. Kolodkin
Moscow Mint (ММД)
The edge: 300 corrugations
According to the legend, the miraculous icon of the Birth-Giver-of-God «The Omen» was found in the woods near Kursk in 1295. In 1595 by order of the Tsar Feodor Ioannovich the monastery named the Nativity of the Birth-Giver-of-God Hermitage was built on that place, which grew in one of the biggest monasteries of Russia.