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  • 400 Livres 1980, KM# 34, Lebanon, Lake Placid 1980 Winter Olympics
  • 400 Livres 1980, KM# 34, Lebanon, Lake Placid 1980 Winter Olympics
Description

The 1980 Winter Olympics, officially the XIII Olympic Winter Games and also known as Lake Placid 1980, were an international multi-sport event held from February 13 to 24, 1980, in Lake Placid, New York, United States.

The Lake Placid Winter Olympics brought together 1,072 athletes from 37 countries to take part in six sports and 10 disciplines comprising a total of 38 official events (one more than in 1976). People's Republic of China, Cyprus and Costa Rica participated in the Winter Olympic Games for the first time. The American speed skater Eric Heiden set the record for most medals for an athlete in one edition of the Winter Olympic Games after he medaled in all five speed skating events. The Olympic ice hockey saw the young American team defeat the heavily-favored Soviet professionals in what became known as the Miracle on Ice, on their way to the gold medal. In the other disciplines, the Soviet Nikolaj Zimjatov won three gold medals in cross-country skiing and the Liechtenstein skier Hanni Wenzel won her country's first two gold medals in alpine skiing. The Soviet Union finished first in the medal standings, with ten gold medals, while East Germany won the most medals overall, 23. The United States was third on both counts.

Obverse

Depicts the emblem of the event with bilingual Arabic-French inscription "13th Winter Olympics Games 1980".

The emblem is a line that forms the Adirondacks, which becomes a column on the left, paying tribute to the ancient Olympic games. The top of the column is serrated to hold the Olympic rings. This represents a double cauldron, acknowledging that the Olympics were also held in Lake Placid in 1932.

الالعاب الاولمبية الشتوية الثالثة عشرة
XIII JEUX OLYMPIQUES
D'HIVER
LAKE
PLACID
1980
لاك بلاسد ١٩٨٠

Reverse

Depicts a stylized Lebanon cedar as country name "Lebanon" in Arabic above tree and the stem as skier surrounded by country name in Arabic and French with date, the denomination in Arabic and French below.

The Lebanon cedar is the national emblem of Lebanon. It grows in Lebanon, Palestine, Israel, northwest Jordan, western Syria, and south-central Turkey.

لبنان
الجمهورية اللبنانيه ١٩٨٠
REPUBLIQUE LIBANAISE 1980
400 L.L. .٤٠٠ ل.ل

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Gold
Fineness 0.900
Weight 8 g
Diameter 22 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Coin

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