Just look at how proud he is!
Magawa’s miniature medal was designed and struck by court jewelers and medallists Cleave & Co, who also created the Duchess of Sussex’s, Meghan Markle’s, engagement ring. “They make all the PDSA Medals,” the team said.
The PDSA Gold Medal was struck from a die, using traditional methods. “It is 18.25mm in diameter and weighs 3.9g (the full-size Medal is 38.5mm and 29.2g). Both medals equate to standard British campaign medals.”
PDSA Awards and Heritage Manager Amy Dickin told us that everyone at PDSA and APOPO is “incredibly excited” for Magawa the rat to receive the PDSA Gold Medal.
“Because of the impacts COVID has had on the UK—and wider world—our original presentation plans had to be completely re-worked. Meaning Magawa actually brings two firsts to PDSA—the first rat honored with a PDSA Medal and our first-ever virtual presentation,” Dickin said. “We’re thrilled to be shining the spotlight on his amazing work and can’t wait for everyone to see him in action!”