Prince Rainier III

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Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Awards medal

His Serene Highness Prince Rainier III of Monaco (1923-2005) was an ardent philatelist and is internationally recognized for his promotion of philately. The Musee des Timbres et des Monnais (The Museum of Stamps and Currencies) was founded under his patronage and houses his extensive personal collection. He was also responsible for the creation of the Club of Monte-Carlo of the Philatelic Elite, whose membership includes the directors of the thirteen major philatelic museums.

2002 Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Awards