- 17 April 1996 (Creation)
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Medal, ribbon, and pin housed in a blue velvet covered box with white satin lining in cover and blue velvet covered base interior.
Medal is in the shape of a star, in blue and gold. Logo of Rotary international is in the middle.
Blue ribbon is also included in box, but is not attached to the medal.
Pin is in blue and gold, and has the image of two hands holding up the world. Pin includes the following text: "Act with Integrity. Serve with Love. Work for Peace." Under text is the Rotary International logo.
The certificate was in a blue folder (taken out for preservation) and reads: Rotary International AWARD OF HONOR is presented to his Excellency Nelson Mandela, State Presiden The Republic of South Africa. Signed by the president, 17 April 1996