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  • 50 Pounds 1988, KM# 629, Egypt, Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics
  • 50 Pounds 1988, KM# 629, Egypt, Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics
Description

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.

Obverse

Depicts two winter Olympic games (figure skating and ski jumping), surrounded by inscription "Winter Olympics Games" in Arabic right and Hieroglyphic letters left, date (1988) above.

Figure skating at the 1988 Winter Olympics took place at the Stampede Corral, the Olympic Saddledome and the Father David Bauer Olympic Arena in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Ski jumping at the 1988 Winter Olympics consisted of three events held from 14 February to 24 February, taking place at Canada Olympic Park. The Calgary Games featured the addition of a new event, the first program change since 1964, with the debut of the team event. Britain's Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards achieved celebrity by finishing last in both individual events, with less than half the points of the second-last competitor.

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الألعلب الأوليمبية الشتوية

Reverse

Denomination in Arabic and English divides the date in Arabic (Hijri) and Western (Georgian) above mirrored wings around the country name (Arab Republic of Egypt) and inscription in Arabic below. The abbreviation of the state name (ARE) above wings.

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50 LE
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جمهورية مصر العربية

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Gold
Fineness 0.900
Weight 8.5 g
Diameter -
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal

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