Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Award nominations open

The Smithsonians National Postal Museum opened the nominating process for its 2023 Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Award (SPAA).

The award recognizes philatelists from around the world, and nominations will be accepted through March 1. Winners will be honoured at a museum-hosted gala event in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 4.

The Smithsonian launched the SPAA in 2002 to celebrate living individuals for outstanding lifetime achievements in philately. Notable achievements may include “original research that significantly advances the understanding of philately, exceptional service to the philatelic community or sustained promotion of philately to the benefit of current and future collectors,” according to a statement from organizers.

The 76.2-millimetre gold-plated bronze SPAA medallion depicts a sunburst with eight straight and eight wavy rays. Derived from the family coat of arms of chemist James Smithson, the Smithsonian’s founding benefactor, the sunburst became the institutions official seal in 1966; it’s incorporated into the official flag flown by Smithsonian facilities and Smithsonian-sponsored expeditions around the world. The medallion is suspended from a grosgrain neck ribbon in Smithsonian-branded blue and yellow.

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