Liechtenstein, Austria, Switzerland, United Nations – Geneva, United Nations – Vienna.
The catalog is organized according to collection areas. Cataloging within these sections is chronological, based on issue date. Special stamp types, like official stamps, are located at the end of a collection area section. In order to assist collectors organize their stamps, numerous illustrations are provided, as well as information on similar stamps to help avoid possible mix-ups.
Last year the Alpenländer, the ”Alpine Countries“, which are summarized in the first volume of the new Europe series, surprised us again with many philatelic news. Taking a closer look at this new MICHEL edition will pay off particularly for collectors of Austria. Besides new discoveries, such as previously unknown colour variations, this collection area presents lots of modified appraisals. Price increases can be found in every area, specially among sheetlets, of which nearly all specimens in mint condition have increased in value.
MiNo. 2606, which depicts an Airbus A310–300 and was issued in 2006 on the occasion of the Day of the Stamp, is among the pieces whose sheetlets have increased by ten Euros in value since last year. It remains to be seen if Austrian sheetlet issues will continue to be this popular in 2021.
Among collectors, the “Alpine countries“ are well known for their innovative and widely popular issues. In 2019, specially Austria and Liechtenstein again issued many special editions that were much discussed by the public.
In January, for instance, Liechtenstein issued a particularly striking and valuable embroidered stamp. On the occasion of “300 years of the Principality of Liechtenstein“ a variety of a princely hat with silhouette embroidery was put on the market in the form of a handmade postage stamp. This special issue, which was limited to only little over 2000 stamps sold for 300 Franks each by the postal system, features 24-carat gold threads as well as Swarovski crystals. It remains to be seen how many of these specimens will actually be used for truly princely greetings sent through the postal system; however, the prices for specimens traded so far have already led to the MICHEL quotation of € 1600.
Experts warn against paying speculative prices for such objects as the interest in them will often subside again. Yet issues such as the real-gold princely hat from Liechtenstein and the Austrian crypto stamp definitely have the potential to raise the interest of non-collectors in philately as well.
Illustration: Liechtenstein MiNo. 1932
Stamp collectors specialized in issues of European Alpine countries, experts, dealers, thematic collectors, study groups, teachers
106th Edition, in colour
155 mm x 230 mm, hardcover
On sale: 5 March 2021
Last year presented the human race with enormous challenges. Philatelists, who have been able to pursue their hobby in the safe environment of their homes, can consider themselves to be lucky. The selected stamps on the cover document the perspective of various postal administrations on the Corona pandemic.
Michel Catalog Alpenländer 2021 (E1) is Volume 1 of the sixteen-part Europe series. It contains the popular collection areas of Liechtenstein, Austria, Switzerland as well as United Nations Geneva and Vienna.
The new edition is even more comprehensive and precise than its predecessor. Many new MICHEL numbers have been included, and numerous editorial changes and improvements have found their way into this edition. Regarding Switzerland, we are able to list the number of issues within an additional year. The local issues of the private courier mail of Katschberg and Zell am See underwent a substantive revision.
One editorial focal point was on revising and updating price quotations. Austrian sheetlet issues as well as vending machine stamps with a special typeface have shown price increases. Four new colour variations were discovered among Austrian issues as well. Stamps are actually supposed to be produced in a combined printing process. Yet the photogravure process failed, leaving only the colour of the engraved-recess printing. Check your collection for those variations!
This volume features all novelties introduced in MICHEL Rundschau up to and including No. 2/2021. A subscription starting with No. 3/2021 is recommended to keep you updated without missing any novel issues. Apart from cataloguing novelties, MICHEL Rundschau also provides you with any important philatelic news.
The Editorial Team wants to thank all of you collectors, examiners and dealers out there who have helped to make this reference book a success by contributing information, pictures and price lists.
We hope our readers will truly enjoy this new Michel Catalog Alpenländer 2021 (E1) and their collections.
Schwaneberger Publishing House
The Editorial Team
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