This week's featured coin is a Canadian commemorative honoring the XXI Olympic summer games in Montreal.
An interesting fact about the games is the Olympic Flame was electronically transmitted via satellite from Athens by means of an electronic pulse derived from the actual burning flame. From Ottawa, it was then carried by hand to Montreal. Memorable moments of the games include 14-year-old Nadia Comaneci of Romania scoring seven perfect 10s in gymnastics, five American boxers - Sugar Ray Leonard, Leon Spinks, Michael Spinks, Leo Randolph and Howard Davis Jr. - winning gold medals in boxing and Japanese gymnast Shun Fujimoto scoring a 9.7 on the rings exercise despite a broken knee, helping his team win the gold.
The obverse of the coin shows a young bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, with a small maple leaf below and the date at the right. The reverse features a stylized head of Zeus with the denomination below, designed by Anthony Mann.
104,684 coins were minted in proof condition with a value of $26.00 US.
KM# - 93
Government - Confederation
Ruler - Elizabeth II
Coinage Type - Circulation Coinage
Mint - Royal Canadian Mint
Composition - Silver
Fineness - 0.925
Weight - 48.6 g 1.4453 oz ASW
Diameter - 45 mm