Updated: Jan 29/13

Press Release

Geldert Medal for 2012 awarded to Richard Gratton

George Pepall, President of the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC), has announced that Richard Gratton, FRPSC, of Windsor, Quebec has been awarded the Geldert Medal for 2012. The Geldert Medal is given annually for the best article or series of articles in The Canadian Philatelist (TCP), journal of the society.

Gratton was chosen the Geldert winner for his two-part article, “Les Différents Papiers Utilisés pour la Production de la Série des Grandes Reines Victoria de 1868-1876”, which was published in the May-June and July-August issues.

When he was informed of his success he thanked Pepall and said, “It is a real pleasure and an honour.”

The Geldert jury, whose decision was unanimous, praised Gratton for his research and review of over 1,500 actual stamps from the Large Queen issue. Other comments included: "This is a definitive analysis on this topic and Gratton’s expertise on papers advances the knowledge and understanding of this first issue of postage stamps for the Dominion of Canada."

One jury member suggested the article will change the rules for some collectors of Large Queen stamps because previous authors made mistakes relating to paper classification.

George Pepall said, “It is important to congratulate Geldert Medal winners because they are an inspiration to others and a wonderful example for the hobby.” He said, “I am keenly impressed that Richard Gratton shared his expertise with readers of TCP. What he has done is add a new and significant chapter to understanding paper that was used in the 1868-1876 era.”

The Geldert Medal was established in 1967 by Phyllis Geldert in memory of her husband Dr. George M. “Mac” Geldert, FRPSC and RPSC president (1958-1967). Successful authors may only win once.

The Geldert Medal selection committee consists of RPSC members Michael O. Nowlan, Chair; Cimon Morin and Kevin O’Reilly.

Information on The RPSC is available by e-mail at info@rpsc.org or by visiting the Society's website at www.rpsc.org, or by calling 416-979-8874, toll free 1-888-285-4143.

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