Object 43

The Steward Medal

2033, New Zealand

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In previous centuries, during the age of nationalism, medals were routinely doled out for military, political, and financial honours. Times have changed, but we still award a few — Olympic medals, the Nobel, the Breakthrough, the Fields, and one of the most prestigious of all, the Steward.

The Steward medal is a thin disc of gold with the head of an ...