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MonacoPhil 2013
From December 5th to 7th, 2013 the Club de Monte-Carlo and the OETP (the Monegasque Office for Stamp Issues) organized the MonacoPhil 2013 International Philatelic exhibition.
The event was under the High Patronage of H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco.

The visitors could see 100 worldwide rarities from 100 world famous collections belonging to His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 9 national postal museums, members of the Club de Monte-Carlo.
The 100 Philatelic World Rarities was on show at the Stamp and Coin Museum of Monaco (Musée des Timbres et des Monnaies). During the Exhibition the Club de Monte‐Carlo was selling a luxury catalogue containing descriptions and colour reproductions of all the stamps and philatelic documents on display. The catalogue was available during the exhibition for €50.
There was a commercial section with about 80 stands operated by postal administrations and well-known international stamp dealers.

On December 5 H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco visited all 3 places of the Exhibition.

During the opening ceremony Chairman of the FIP Section for Astrophilately, Igor Rodin had a great Honour to hand over H.S.H. the Prince Albert II of Monaco a flown Space Mail letter for the Prince’s philatelic collection.

A lot of people were waiting for the opening of the exhibition.

In the frames of the MonacoPhil 2013 there was a collective exhibition devoted to philatelic literature patronized by the AIJP (Association Internationale des Journalistes Philatéliques).


The philatelic literature exhibition catalogue by Wolfgang Maassen and Vincent Schouberechts.

This wonderful, hardbound, full colour and 512-page catalogue in English and French is much more than a "usual" exhibition catalogue. The content is represented by the articles about the development of the very first philatelic literature around the world.


Sweden in Philately at MonacoPhil 2013. An exhibition of philately, postal history and philatelic history up to 1920 was formed from the currently most important Swedish exhibits.

The "Sweden in Philately” Exhibition Catalogue - is a book. This unique catalogue was prepared by Jonas Hällström as editor. The content is much more than a "normal" exhibition catalogue, represented by the specialized articles. Postiljonen is publisher of this exclusive, hardbound, full colour and 296 pages catalogue in English and French, which is for sale in a very limited edition. For more information and ordering, please, visit website


On December 5, Gala Dinner took place at Hôtel de Paris – Salle Empire, during which the participants of the "100 Philatelic World Rarities" received a diploma.



The Ceremony of the ASCAT-Grand Prix to Dr. Jacques Rogge took place at Gala Dinner. Dr. Jacques Rogge is the Honorary President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). He received the price for his commitment in the Olympic Games and the promotion of the Olympic Museum, also for his life-long support of Philately.
Dr. Jacques Rogge (left) and Claes Arnrup.


On 7 December the General Assembly of the European Academy for Philately (AEP) took place at the Hôtel Hermitage.



The European Academy for Philately (AEP) elected a new President: Bruno Crevato-Selvaggi (left). He comes from Italy and is the successor of the Belgian Henk Slabbinck (right).


José Ramón Moreno (right) was awarded with an AEP medal for his service as a member of the AEP Board of Directors.




The Smithsonian National Postal Museum Cocktail.
Allen Kane (right), Director of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.


José Ramón Moreno (left) and Patrick Maselis (right).







All photos were made by Sergey Rodin.

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