The coin is minted from copper, produced from 1849 to 1859. The obverse and reverse sides have a protruding around the circumference of the rim facing inside teeth.The obverse of the coin
depicts the State Emblem of the Russian Empire
in 1830. The coat of arms double-headed eagle crowned with two Imperial crowns, above is the same crown but larger. Right Talon the eagle holds a scepter, the left - power. Placed on the breast the Moscow coat of arms: St. George on horseback slaying a serpentine dragon with wings. Moscow
coat of arms surrounded by chain of the order of Saint Apostle Andrey Pervozvannogo. Lifted up on the wings of an eagle located the coats of arms of the six kingdoms (three on each wing). On the left the arms of the kingdoms: Kazan, Astrakhan and Siberian. On the right the arms of the kingdoms of Poland, Tauric Chersonesos and the Grand Duchy of Finland. In contrast to the official emblem, the wings of an eagle bent to the center.The reverse of the coin
is specified denomination in two lines: "3 КОПЕЙКИ" On the sides of the figure "3" has two stars. Below is the mintage year "1856", below that double line with a dot in the center, underneath the letters "Е.М."(Yekaterinburg coin). In a circle along the rim is a wreath of two branches.
Varieties of coins 3 cent sample of 1849:
1849-1859 (EM) - Ekaterinburg chasing;
1850-1859 (VM) - Warsaw chasing.