This five Dollar commemorative proof coin pays tribute to the XVII Commonwealth Games of Manchester in 2002. The three coins that make up this set were struck in copper and each celebrates the games in a different way. They were released in 2002 and were named XVII Commonwealth Games 3 coin set. There was also a fourth coin struck in sterling silver but it was not included in the set.
The XVII Commonwealth Games were held in Manchester, England between the 25th July and the 4th August 2002. This was the largest sporting event ever held in the UK at that time. The Queens Golden Jubilee was a significant factor as she was the Head of the Commonwealth, so it was fitting that a British venue was chosen for the games. The main venue for the games was the now home of Manchester City Football Club. The City of Manchester Stadium has since been re-named the Etihad Stadium in recognition of its sponsors. The stadium hosted the opening and closing ceremonies as well as all the athletics events and the rugby sevens.
The games consisted of fourteen individual and three team events.Amassing a total of 207 medals of which 82 were gold, Australia dominated and ultimately won the games. England came in second with 166 medals. There were a total of 72 participating nations from the commonwealth taking part in the games. Public interest in the games was huge. The overwhelming demand for tickets was just an indication of the support that had accumulated over an excellent media campaign. The official website received over 200 million hits (The Commonwealth Games Federation, 2013)
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