Royale exhibition ‘très fort’ with 11 Large Golds given in Quebec

Among the highlights of the 89th Convention of The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC)—held this past weekend in Boucherville, Que.—was the 210-frame competitive exhibition.

There was a “very strong” display of exhibits covering “quite a large variety of subjects,” according to Chief Judge Charles Verge, who’s also a past president of the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors (AAPE).

“The range was quite vast,” said Verge. “When you come to Quebec, you have a better chance of seeing more thematics than you do elsewhere in the country, so you had that here as well, but there was a variety of everything, from airmails to postal stationery, from thematics to open class, from youth to single frames.”

“We have some very high-calibre exhibits, and some that have been around for a while, and others that are brand new. Some of them have progressed over the last year to the medal they are getting there, and others will get to a better level eventually.”


At last night’s awards banquet, a total of 11 exhibitors earned Large Gold awards, which have a point range of 90-100 according to the APS (American Philatelic Society) Manual of Philatelic Judging and Exhibiting.

Anestis Karagiannidis’ exhibit, “The Small Heads of Greece,” earned 96 points as well as the Grand Award.

Karagiannidis’ Small Heads exhibit also earned a Large Gold at last summer’s World Stamp Show in New York City.

Sandjeep Jaiswal’s exhibit, “British India – King George VI Postal Stationery,” also earned 96 points and took home the Reserve Grand Award as well as an APS Medal of Excellence (1940-1980).

Rounding out the top winners was Sam Chiu, whose “Detained in Hong Kong and the Ones that Got Away” exhibit earned 94 points and was awarded the Single-Frame Grand Award as well as the APS Best Research Award.

Other Large Gold winners include:

  • Luc Legault, whose exhibit “L’introduction du compteur postal MIDGET et son usage en Amérique du Nord” earned 93 points as well as the AQEP Best Philatelic Research Award and an APS Medal of Excellence (1900-1940);
  • Graham Locke, who earned 91 points for his exhibit “The Story of the Penny Black”;
  • Michèle Cartier, whose exhibit “The French Revolution” earned 90 points as well as the Fédération québécoise de philatélie (FQP) Award;
  • Karagiannidis, whose other exhibit, “The 1896 Olympic Games,” earned 90 points as well as an APS Medal of Excellence (pre-1900);
  • John Cooper, whose exhibit “The Way Mails of New Brunswick” earned 90 points as well as the Best BNA Award and Best PHSC Award;
  • Ed Kroft, whose exhibit “Rishon Le Zion – From Settlement through State” earned 90 points as well as the Société d’histoire postale du Québec’s (SHPQ) Guy DesRivières Prize;
  • John Walsh, whose exhibit “Stampless Precursor and 1898 Queen Victoria First Revenue Types – Newfoundland” earned 90 points as well as the Best BNA Research Award; and
  • Ken Magee, who earned 90 points for his exhibit “The Irish Gerls: 1968-1983.”

Check the next issue of CSN for a full review of the exhibition.


Along with Verge, this year’s jury includes Stéphane Cloutier, president of the Postal History Society of Canada (PHSC); Grégoire Teyssier; George Constantourakis; and Robert Lunn.

“That panel is distinguished and balanced, and both Francophone and Anglophone, both veteran and novice apprentice judges,” said RPSC President George Pepall.

Frame No. Exhibit title Class Exhibitor Frames
1 Star Trek – La frontière finale un cadre James T. Kirk 1
2 Les particularités du Canada Un cadre – Jeunesse Club scolaire Mère Marie-Rose 1
3 Time of Dinosaurs Un cadre – Jeunesse Alexander Liusz Moser 1
4 Saint-Pierre et Miquelon – Le 2 francs Croix de Langlade de 1947 Un cadre Jean-Jacques Tillard 1
5 Les bordures philatéliques Un cadre Michel Guilbault 1
6 A history of Canada’s Air Mail stamps 1928-1935 Un cadre Chris Hargreaves 1
7 Les produits forestiers du Canada Un cadre Richard Gratton 1
8 Cello-paqs 1961-1967 Un cadre David Bartlet 1
9 Usage of the Square Circle cancels of Cyprus Un cadre Jack Forbes 1
10 Epic of Vimy – A Canadian Pilgrimage Un cadre Don Hedger 1
11 A Soldiers Postcards – Mailed from the Somme and Flandres WW1 – May 1915 -March 1916 Un cadre Don Hedger 1
12 Canada: The development of Official International Airmail Routes 1928-1942 Un cadre John McEntyre 1
13 Detained in Hong Kong and the ones that got away Un cadre Sammy Chiu 1
14-17 Canadian Aerophilately, Roessler’s contribution Aerophilatélie Richard McIntosh 4
18-25 British India – King George VI Postal Stationery Entiers postaux Sandeep Jaiswal 8
26-30 From the Province of Canada to the Dominion of Canada, a special study on Confederation Experimental Christiane Faucher et Jacques Poitras 5
31-35 Bourgogne – La vigne et le vin Expression libre Yvan Leduc 5
36-40 Canada – from a Dominion to Independance Expression libre Anthony Mancinone 5
41-47 L’histoire du papier Expression libre Richard Gratton 7
48-51 22nd World Scout Jamboree at Rinkaby, Sweden (July 27 – August 6, 2011) Expression libre Bill Bartlet 4
52-58 Stampless Precursor and 1898 Queen Victoria First Revenue Types – Newfoundland Fiscaux John M. Walsh 7
59-64 The two ring Numeral Cancels of Canada Histoire postale Bruce Field 6
65-69 Newfoundland 1840-1949 Postage Markings Histoire postale Robin Moore 5
70-72 Newfoundland Postage Meters Histoire postale Robin Moore 3
73-80 The French Revolutionary Wars in Italy 1791-1815 Histoire postale Michèle Cartier 8
81-85 Saint-Pierre et Miquelon – 1932-1946 Histoire postale Jim Taylor 5
86-94 Wei Hai Wei, CHINA 1896-1949 Histoire postale Sammy Chiu 9
95-102 L’introduction du compteur postal MIDGET et son usage en Amérique du Nord Histoire postale Luc Legault 8
103-106 Paris: Cancels and other postal markings 1849-1876 Histoire postale Victor Potter 4
107-109 Bordeaux: 150 years of postal markings (1703-1859) Histoire postale François Brisse 3
110-114 The French Revolution from the Ancien Régime to the end of the First Republic Histoire postale Michèle Cartier 5
115-119 Rishon le Zion (Palestine) – From settlement through statehood Histoire postale Ed Kroft 5
120-125 France – its colonies and dependencies 1939-1945 Histoire postale Robert Benoit 6
126-133 The Way Mails of New Brunswick Histoire postale John Cooper 8
134-138 Les oblitérations de type cercle encadré du Québec Histoire postale Laurent Bélisle 5
139-146 CYPRUS – George VI Definitives Used on Surface Mail Histoire postale Jack Forbes 8
147-152 Continental drift and plate tectonics Thématique Jim Taylor 6
153-155 La danse: du classique au contemporain Thématique Isadora Duncan 3
156-159 La traction animale Thématique Suzanne Brazeau 4
160-164 White gold Thématique François Brisse 5
165-169 Personnages illustres polonais sur les timbres de Pologne Thématique Micheline Parayre 5
170-177 The small heads of Greece Traditionnelle Anestis Karagiannidis 8
178-185 The 1896 Olympic games Traditionnelle Anestis Karagiannidis 8
186-193 The story of the penny black Traditionnelle Graham Locke 8
194-199 Canadian Errors and Varieties during the Elizabethan era Traditionnelle Doug McAndless 6
200-202 Machine-Overprinted Pakistan Provisionals on India King George VI issues: 1947-49 Traditionnelle Ijaz Qureshi 3
203-210 Canadian Philatelic Seals Paraphilatélie Stuart Keeley 8

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