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1893-Dated Aberdeen Governor General Medal in Silver, Clowery-106, BHM-3455, AU.

1893-Dated Aberdeen Governor General Medal in Silver, Clowery-106, BHM-3455, AU.

245.00

51mm. 74.9 grams. Governors General award medals were first distributed in 1873 or 1874 by the Earl of Dufferin. They were handed out for athletic and academic achievement. Bronze medals were distributed to graduates with the top marks in their senior high school class, silver medals to top graduates at colleges, and gold to top graduates at universities. Freeman Clowery writes that 250 of these Earl of Aberdeen medals were awarded in silver.

The obverse shows the jugate portraits of the Earl of Aberdeen, Canada’s Governor General from 1893 to 1898, and Lady Aberdeen facing right. The legend around reads: EARL OF ABERDEEN GOVERNOR GENERAL OF CANADA / COUNTESS OF ABERDEEN / 1893. The Earl’s coat of arms appear on the reverse with the following legend: PRESENTED BY HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR GENERAL. No edge inscription. Dies by Allan Wyon.

This example shows razor-sharp detail in high relief. Silvery surfaces maintain accents of olive-gold colour. Hairlines appear on the obverse, while the reverse exhibits two rim dings at 6:30 and 9:30. A pleasing example overall.

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