Sunday, June 19, 2011

Roll of Distinguished Philatelists and King George V

Three new signatories – Koichi Sato from Japan, Ray Todd from Australia and Gavin Fryer from the UK were added to Britain's the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists at the four-day 93rd Philatelic Congress of Great Britain.

 The Roll (actually three pieces of parchment) contains 360 signatures.  King George V was first to sign it in 1921.Only a handful of people are added to it each year.

"The Roll of Distinguished Philatelists records those who have achieved international recognition for their outstanding studies and research in the philatelic sphere, demonstrated through their own collections and in their writings. Invariably those who are invited to sign the Roll have benefited the philatelic community through their expertise, time and talents given in a voluntary capacity. The Roll is signed each year during a prestigious ceremony held as part of the annual Philatelic Congress of Great Britain," according to the UK Philately website.

Shown above, a set of stamps issued by Gibraltar honoring King George V including one showing him working on his stamp collection!

For more on The Roll of Distinguished Philatelists, click here. 

For more on George V - The King Stamp Collector, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM