The medal

The Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal

The medal, cast in silver and designed by Canadian sculptor Emmauel Hahn, is two inches (5cm) in diameter and approximately one eighth of an inch (.25cm) thick. It weighs 3-1/8 ounces.

On the obverse is a profile of Stephen Leacock’s head and the dates of his life span (1869–1944). The words Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal Founded 1946 are worked around the perimeter.

The reverse side features the words Orillia  “The Sunshine Town”  Award for Canadian Humour. A jolly face represents the sun resting on waves, and the latitude and longitude of Orillia appear in small figures at the top. Two small fish swim beneath the waves, and two large mosquitoes are depicted — one on the sun, the other in the water. Below the design there is room for the winner’s name and date to be inscribed, and a small maple leaf emblem.

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