IO – Fadli Zon, a politician and General Chairman of the Indonesian Philatelist Association (PFI), was awarded a Gold Medal at the World Stamp Exhibition London 2022 (25/2/2022) after, previously earning a Gold Medal in Dubai, at Emirates 2022, in January.
Fadli competed in the Postal History category and featured his postal collection titled The Netherlands Indies Postal Cancellation 1789-1914. The collection shows journeys of letters and correspondence of the Dutch East Indies (now the Republic of Indonesia) before the dawn of postage stamps, and all postmarks, from 1989 to 1914. Fadli collected the letters for a dozen years.
The award is a point of pride for Fadli and Indonesia, as one of the few Asian countries able to see his collection make it to the final round in the London 2022 stamp exhibition, held every ten years. The exhibition took place in the Business Design Center-London, and was hosted by The Royal Philately Society London, under the Federation Internationale de Philatelic (FIP).
As the Indonesian National Commissioner for the London 2022 International Stamp Exhibition, Gita Noviandi presented other collections apart from that of the Chairman.
In the Philatelic literature category, a book titled 50 Soeharto Initiatives for Indonesia & the World on Postage Stamps by Mahpudi was also recognized, earning a Silver Medal. This prestigious award is a real accomplishment, considering the book, which tells the second President of the Republic of Indonesia’s milestones achievements in developing Indonesia, had been the only book worth entering in the competition. The 221-page book suited the competition, as it contains hundreds of stamps and Soehardjo Soebardi’s collection of Soeharto’s autographed covers. These were the main rationale for the book, which Harapan Kita Foundation published in Jakarta in 2017, to win the competition. The medal for the book completed the previous achievement of a Silver Medal from Wuhan, China, in 2019.
Senior philatelist Tono Dwi Putranto also won a Large Gold Medal for his collection titled The Development of KLM and KNILM Operation in The Netherlands Indies 1920-1942 in the Aerophilately category.
Other winners were Shafa Sabila Fadli for successfully winning Large Vermeil in the Postal Stationery category, for her collection of the Postal Cards of Netherlands Indie collection 1874-1932; Gita Noviandi herself won the Vermeil, through the One World-One Promise collection in the Thematic philately category.
Young Indonesian philatelists also scored achievements by winning a number of prestigious medals. Dinda Alisha Rahima (14 years old) earned her Gold medal for presenting her collection titled The Feather Friend from the Thematic philately category for Youth Class A, aged 13-15 years. Dinda won The Best Youth Collection for this exhibition. Another young philatelist would be Erina Firdausi Zahra (14 years old) for winning the Large Vermeil medal for her collection, Postal Stationery of Dutch East Indies Face of King Willem III 1874- 1900. Zara Saladina Fadli (18 years of age) had received Vermeil for Youth B category for her collection, The History of Aviation.
These young philatelists are a breeze for the struggling Indonesian philatelists. They have made a breakthrough by winning numerous medals, conquering European and American domination in stamp collecting. The event will take place from August 4-9, 2022, in Jakarta. Hundreds of philatelists, representing 76 FIP country members, are expected to join the exhibition. (des)