An 1898 Canadian Governor General's Academic Medal
An 1898 Canadian Governor General's Academic Medal - Bronze, engraver marked "ALLAN WYON SC." on the obverse and A. WYON" on the reverse, un-named, illustrating the left-facing conjoined busts of the Earl of Minto, Governor General of Canada and the Countess of Minto, surrounded by the inscription "EARL OF MINTO G.C.M.G. GOVERNOR GENERAL OF CANADA - COUNTESS OF MINTO - 1898", reverse illustrating the Governor General's coat-of-arms, surrounded by the inscription "PRESENTED BY HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR GENERAL", 51.2 mm, scattered spotting, one small edge nick, near extremely fine. Footnote: Gilbert John Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 4th Earl of Minto KG GCSI GCMG GCIE PC (July 9, 1845 to March 1, 1914) was a British nobleman and politician who served as Governor General of Canada, the eighth since Confederation in 1867. His term of office (November 12, 1898 to December 10, 1904) was marked by a period of strong nationalism, which saw economic growth coupled with massive immigration to Canada. He also served as Viceroy and Governor General of India, the country's 17th. In regards to the medal, 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 125 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.