The coin is round. On the front and back sides there is a rim along the circumference. The edge of the coin is grained.
At the top – a relief image of the State Emblem of the Republic of Belarus; in the center – a stylized silhouetted images of the skylarks and elements of Belarusian folk ornaments against a spinning wheel, the symbol of perpetual motion, whose pattern is changing into the structure of tree rings; beneath – the year of issue (alloy standard shown on the silver coin); and circular inscriptions: at the top – РЭСПУБЛІКА БЕЛАРУСЬ (THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS), and at the bottom – 20 РУБЛЁЎ (20 RUBLES) on the silver coin and 1 РУБЕЛЬ (1 RUBLE) on the copper–nickel coin.
In the center – a stylized image of a skylark with its wings spread and its plumage resembling the pattern of plowed field furrows. The image is marked with a rhombus and a sidelong cross which show a symbolic link between the bird and the earth and the Divine Principle, beneath — the silhouette of a sower; in the right-hand part at the bottom — a circular inscription: ЛЕГЕНДА ПРА ЖАВАРАНКА (THE LEGEND OF THE SKYLARK).