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  • 500 Afghanis 1986, KM# 1004, Afghanistan, Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics, Ice Dance
  • 500 Afghanis 1986, KM# 1004, Afghanistan, Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics, Ice Dance

The 1988 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XV Olympic Winter Games and commonly known as Calgary 1988, was a multi-sport event held from February 13 to 28, 1988, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It was the first Winter Olympic Games to be held for 16 days, like the counterpart Summer Olympic Games. The majority of the contested events took place in Calgary itself. However, the skiing events were held west of the city at the Nakiska ski resort in Kananaskis Country and at the Canmore Nordic Center Provincial Park in the town of Canmore.

In 1988, a record of 57 National Olympic Committees (NOC) that sent the total of 1,423 athletes to these Games. These Winter Olympics would be the last attended one for both the Soviet Union and East Germany NOCs. Just like the 1976 Summer Olympics, Canada failed again to win a gold medal in an official medal event on home soil. The Finnish ski jumper, Matti Nykänen, and the Dutch speed skater, Yvonne van Gennip, won three individual gold medals each. The 1988 Winter Olympics were also remembered for the "heroic failure" of both the British ski jumper, Michael Edwards, and the debut of the Jamaica national bobsleigh team. The both of them became subjects of major feature films about their participation in these Games: Cool Runnings by Disney in 1993 and Eddie the Eagle by 20th Century Studios in 2016.

The Democratic Republic of Afghanistan (DRA), later renamed the Republic of Afghanistan in 1987, was the official name of Afghanistan during the one-party rule of the People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA) from 1978 to 1992. Throughout its existence, and particularly during the Soviet–Afghan War, the DRA depended significantly on support from the Soviet Union.


Depicts the coat of arms of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan, the country name in English above, the denomination below.

The emblem of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan (1980-1987) features a rising sun positioned over a mihrab. It incorporates communist symbols such as the star, wheel, and Karl Marx's book 'Das Kapital'. Surrounding the emblem, a wreath of ears of grain is intertwined with the national flag, symbolizing unity and prosperity.



Depicts a scene of the ice dance, inscription above, city and date below.

Ice dance, a figure skating discipline inspired by ballroom dancing, joined the World Figure Skating Championships in 1952 and became an Olympic sport in 1976. Governed by the International Skating Union (ISU), it features a male and female pair performing required elements like dance lifts, spins, and step sequences. Originating from 19th-century social skating, it evolved into a competitive sport by the mid-20th century, with national competitions in the 1930s and the first international event in 1950. British and Soviet teams dominated until North American teams rose to prominence in the 2000s. The competition format changed in 2010, replacing the compulsory and original dances with the short dance, later renamed the rhythm dance. The ISU sets detailed rules and penalties for performances to maintain the sport's integrity.

CALGARY • 1988


500 Afghanis

Democratic Republic
KM# 1004 Schön# 118
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.999
Weight 12 g
Diameter 30 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Coin

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