A 1990-1995 Governor General's Academic Medal; Numbered
A 1990-1995 Governor General's Academic Medal; Numbered - Bronze gilt, number "8077" engraved on the edge, obverse illustrating the right-facing conjoined busts of Governor General Ray Hnatyshyn and his wife, Gerda, inscribed "GOUVERNEUR GÉNÉRAL - CANADA - GOVERNOR GENERAL" above and "RAMON JOHN HNATYSHYN - GERDA HNATYSHYN" below, reverse illustrating the coat-of-arms of Governor General Hnatyshyn (who served as Governor General of Canada from January 29, 1990 to February 8, 1995), reeded edges on both sides, 53 mm, spot of gilt loss on the reverse reeded edge, extremely fine. Accompanied by its award booklet, in its hardshelled case of issue, raised gilt Governor General of Canada's insignia on the lid, recessed medal bed with ribboned lift, case extremely fine. Footnote: Lord Dufferin, Canada’s third Governor General after Confederation, created the Academic Medals in 1873, to encourage academic excellence across the nation. Over the years, they have become the most prestigious award that students in Canadian schools can receive. For more than 140 years, the Governor General’s Academic Medals have recognized the outstanding scholastic achievements of students in Canada. They are awarded to the student graduating with the highest average from a high school, as well as from approved college or university programs. Pierre Trudeau, Tommy Douglas, Kim Campbell, Robert Bourassa, Robert Stanfield and Gabrielle Roy are just some of the more than 50,000 people who have received the Governor General’s Academic Medal as the start of a life of accomplishment. Today, the Governor General’s Academic Medals are awarded at four distinct levels: Bronze at the secondary school level; Collegiate Bronze at the post-secondary, diploma level; Silver at the undergraduate level; and Gold at the graduate level. Medals are presented on behalf of the Governor General by participating educational institutions, along with personalized certificates signed by the Governor General. There is no monetary award associated with the Medal.