Laureates of the Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts receive a bronze medallion produced by the Royal Canadian Mint along with their $25,000 award.
The bronze medallion, 75 mm (three inches) in diameter, bears the emblem of a maple tree flanked by two crowned lion's heads. The maple is the symbol used to represent the Canada Council for the Arts. The lions represent the vice-regal emblem of the Governor General; their crowns represent Canada; and their number, the two disciplines recognized by the award. The motto "Excellentiae in artibus causa" [for excellence in the arts] adorns the face of the medallion, while the name Canada Council for the Arts is engraved on the edge. The name of the award, the year of its attribution and the name of the laureate are engraved on the back of the medallion.
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