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Philatelic society creates pin

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The Croatian Philatelic Society announced the striking of its first official lapel pin in conjunction with its 35th anniversary.

?Quite a few designs were submitted for consideration,? said Eck Spahich, society founder and executive director.

The chosen design, he said, was created by Vladimir Novak, internationally acclaimed artist and honorary CPS member. Formerly living in California, Novak now resides in Zagreb, Croatia.

The custom-made photo-etched pin is red, white and blue. It is soft enamel with a clear epoxy coating, Spahich said. It is 3/4 inch wide and gold-plated with a butterfly clutch.

The specially designed logo depicts the American eagle with the United States and Croatian coat of arms. Under the coat of arms is a trumpet and a lily. The trumpet, an international postal symbol, is encompassed by a circular postmark-like design that displays the society?s name.

The pin is available for $6. Orders may be placed with CPS at P.O. Box 696, Fritch, TX 79036, or by PayPal via e-mail at spahich@hotmail.com.

Spahich established CPS in the spring of 1972 in Borger, Texas. Since its beginning, the group has acquired membership in 35 countries. The organization focuses on Balkan-Central European philately, coins, currency, history, militaria and other collectibles. It publishes The Trumpeter, an award-winning journal.

Membership information is available from the society?s Web site at www.croatianstamps.com.

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