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Scope and content
Item is a die/machine stamped, circular shaped, copper alloy (i.e. tombac) medal enclosing a miniature, head and shoulders, albumen photographic image of Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. The photographic image is contained by a wreath of heraldic flowers and the inscription "GRAND SOUVENIR" - all of which are surmounted by a royal (i.e. Tudor) crown. The medal was attached to a black ribbon which originally held a fastening device (now lost) by which the medal was worn. The medal, housed in a red leather pouch, was a specially prepared memento created immediately following the death of Sir John A. Macdonald on 6 June 1891, and this example presented to Samuel Rollin Hesson M.P., either in Ottawa on 9 June 1891, the date of Macdonald's lying in state, or in Kingston on 11 June 1891, the date of Macdonald's funeral.
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21 Item no. assigned by LAC 18
Credit: Library and Archives Canada, Arch. Ref. R10892-18, e008072648
Restrictions on use: nil
Signatures and inscriptions
1. Macdonald, John A. (John Alexander), 1815-1891.
2. Prime ministers Canada.
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