Edmonton chosen as site for ’78 Commonwealth Games (1972)

On today’s date in 1972, the city of Edmonton was chosen as the site of the 1978 Commonwealth Games.

Four years later, in celebration of the 1978 Commonwealth Games, the Royal Canadian Mint struck a commemorative silver dollar. The reverse design features 10 sections, each of which have depictions of different sports. In the centre is an inscription reading “XI GAMES XI JEUX / COMMONWEALTH / EDMONTON 1978”. The obverse features the Arnold Machin effigy of Her Majesty alongside the inscription “DOLLAR 1978 CANADA / ELIZABETH II”. With a weight of 23.3 grams and a 36-mm diameter, the coin had a .5000 metal content.

The Games were held in Edmonton, Alta., from Aug. 3-12. It was two years after the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Que. This was the first Commonwealth Games to use a computerised system for ticket sales.

Canada would rank No. 1, winning 109 medals overall, including 45 gold, 31 silver and 33 bronze medals.

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