The compass rose design on the front side of the 2015 Compass Rose Geocoin is inspired by the design of a snowflake to represent to cold, snowy weather the explorers had to endure. Textures have been added to give it an icy appearance, and the directional elements have been given a sharp, harsh feel to their design. The 17 large dots, looking somewhat out of place among the sharp edges of the compass rose, represent the 17 men who were stuck in the icy cold weather of Novaya Zemlya, with the center dot representing Willem Barents himself. The 8 smaller dots represent the nearly eight months the men spent trying to survive in the bitter conditions.
Featured on the back is the ship being imprisoned and lifted up by ice floes, with the crewmen scrambling on board, alarmed by their situation. Surrounding this image are four animals in 3D; a polar bear to the North, a walrus to the South, an arctic fox to the East, and a seal to the West, with monstrous and dangerous waves among these.