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16 Aug 2004
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Olymphilex 2004 officially inaugurated


Today in Athens, IOC President Rogge, with the Chairman of the IOC Philately, Numismatic and Memorabilia Commission and IOC Honorary President for Life, Juan Antonio Samaranch, officially inaugurated Olymphilex 2004.




International Olympic Stamps and Memorabilia
The Hellenic Post Office is also staging the International Olympic Stamps and Memorabilia Exhibition, Olymphilex 2004, with the International Federation of Philately (FIP), the IOC Philately, Numismatic and Memorabilia Commission, and Greek philatelists. Unique award-winning Olympic collections from all over the world will be exhibited in a historic building in the centre of Athens, and everyone will have the opportunity to travel back in time, to the history of the Games as recorded on a small but powerful medium: the stamp.




Long and Rich History
Olymphilex has a long tradition. It was held for the first time in 1985 in Lausanne. The first Olymphilex to be held during the Olympic Games was in Seoul in 1988. The first Olymphilex show to feature Olympic pins was held during the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992. In Atlanta the first Olymphilex show to include displays of Olympic coins and Olympic memorabilia was held. In Sydney 2000, collectors could find Olympic and sports memorabilia displays, as well as "Daily Phone Cards".




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