Award Certificate

A document that accompanies an award and certifies its issue. Award certificates have the original or facsimile signature of the authorizing official or official and often their seal of office. Typically, award certificates are embellished documents adorned with such elements as decorative lettering, a representation of the badge of the award, and the national or Masonic coat of arms. Synonymous terms are award document, bestowal document, brevet, and diploma.

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