- 1997 (Creation)
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Medal with red ribbon and individual red ribbon in folding black case.
Black folding case is leatherlike, with one snap closure, and holds both medals.
Medal is a blue cross with gold border with a gold circle attached to the cross. Inside the gold circle, and affixed to the cross is a silver world emblem with a smaller gold and blue "Lions International" logo with 2 diamonds.
Back of medal is engraved with the following:
Presented to the Hon Nelson R Mandela
Republic of South Africa
From Augustin Soliva
Certificate (taken out of folder for preservation) reads: Logo Lions International
The International Association of Lions Clubs
Head of State Medal
presented to the Hon. Nelson R Mandela
We recognize your unselfish dedication to humanity, a determination to labor for the public welfare, and outstanding achievements from which all mankind benefits, and in testimony to the fact that in such humanitarian endeavors you have always upheld the ideals and objectives of Lions Clubs International, the world's largest service organisation.
By authority of: International President 19961997