Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands.
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.
Photo: The Netherlands MiNo. 79
|Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, the countries featured in the new Europe Volume 12, have always been collection areas with particularly expensive classic issues. As expected, a review of the market for this new edition has again shown high appraisals of the pertinent classic stamps.
What is new, however, is the visual impression when browsing through the pages of the classic era. 140 new photos in colour present even such old pieces as MiNo. 79 from the Netherlands, issued in 1908, particularly well and in colour.
This will make the arrangement of your collection with the help of this new MICHEL catalogue not only much easier but also more visually attractive.
Stamp collectors specialized in issues of Benelux countries, experts, dealers, thematic collectors, study groups, teachers
106th Edition, in colour
155 mm x 230 mm, hardcover
On sale: 2 September 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. In times of contact and travel restrictions, philately offers a cheap opportunity to bring the wide world into your own album.
The Michel Catalog Benelux 2021/2022 (E12) is the 12th volume of the Europe series, which consists of a total of 16 titles. It contains the popular collection areas of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg.
The new edition is even more comprehensive and precise than the last one. We included numerous new MICHEL numbers and added many editorial modifications and improvements:
We standardized the cataloguing of pre-cancelled issues, supplemented numbers of issue, continued the information about tariff-coded stamps and designed captions so they are easier to find. New data on the first use of the first postage stamp series of Luxemburg was discovered.
As always, price quotations were revised and updated. The philatelic market of the Benelux states presents itself as stable, and the expensive representative stamps have maintained their value.
140 new colour photos in the classic area as well as several side areas will make it easier for collectors to identify their issues. Simultaneously we have adapted the cataloguing of these stamps to the latest MICHEL standards. We can now present photos of all stamps (with various motifs) for nearly all issues. Furthermore we have included the differences found among the reprints of Belgian postage stamps and ATMs from Luxemburg. We even discovered and recorded a formerly unknown change in the format of a commemorative stamp issued in 2012.
This edition contains all novelties featured in MICHEL Rundschau up to and including No. 8/2021. We recommend a subscription starting with No. 9/2021 so as not to miss any new issues. Apart from cataloguing all novelties, MICHEL Rundschau keeps its readers informed about anything that matters in the field of philately.
Our Editorial Team wants to thank all those collectors, examiners and dealers out there who have contributed to this successful edition by submitting tips, photos and price documents.
And we wish our readers a wonderful time with this new Michel Catalog Benelux 2021/2022 (E12) and their own collections.
Schwaneberger Publishing House
The Editorial Team
Users of the MICHEL catalogs value the comprehensive and detailed listings of collectable items. The MICHEL catalogs are among the best in the world when it comes to details, comprehensiveness and illustration. MICHEL products have been awarded well over 600 medals (including 31 gold), diplomas and honorary prizes in the course of the company’s history. The expertise of the Schwaneberger publishing house’s staff is outstandingly represented in the MICHEL catalogs.
The colourful, varied range of products includes standard and special-edition catalogues for Germany, Europe and overseas. There is also philatelic literature, the MICHEL-Exklusiv album, the MICHEL Colour Guide, the MICHEL-Lux examination lamp and the MICHEL-Rundschau monthly magazine. More than 85 different products in total.
MICHEL also enjoys a good reputation in electronic publishing thanks to various software programs, websites and e-catalogs. It is no wonder that the MICHEL catalogs have been known for years as the “philatelists’ bible”. However, bearing this accolade brings with it the responsibility of always remaining at the top with regard to quality.
The 669,000th MICHEL catalog number was issued recently. A look at the most important of the 85 different MICHEL catalogs reveals that the catalogues for Europe and overseas alone make up some 25,000 catalog pages. They contain 314,000 pictures and 1,800,000 price quotations. Most of this information is stored in powerful picture and text databases and is consulted, revised and corrected for each new edition of a MICHEL catalog. And of course that also applies to each individual page, irrespective of which MICHEL catalog it comes from. MICHEL goes to great lengths on its customers’ behalf. MICHEL’s editorial team spends an average of 45 minutes on research for each new set of stamps. Around 18,000 new stamps appear each year, which are then catalogued and published in the MICHEL-Rundschau, as well as in the relevant MICHEL catalog and online catalogue.
It is more than 100 years since the stamp dealer Hugo MICHEL from Apolda in Thüringen published the first MICHEL stamp catalogue in 1909. He thereby created a product that would be continually be improved, but never surpassed. In the same year, publisher and philatelic editor Hugo Schwaneberger founded a publishing company that bore his name. The philatelist, who was well known in his field, created the Schwaneberger Album, the first album to adopt a scientific approach.Owing to the great demand for MICHEL catalog, Hugo MICHEL was no longer able to dedicate himself to his career as a stamp dealer. He therefore sold the rights to the publisher Schwaneberger. The catalogue, which had only covered Europe until that point, was expanded by the new publishing house to include overseas countries.
Hugo MICHEL continued to edit the catalogue supplement, which is today known as the MICHEL-Rundschau. The company was then bought by the publisher Eugen Berlin. He moved it to Munich in 1950 where he came across a company, the Carl Geber printing works (now the Gerber Satz und Gerber publishing house) that was able to draw up the complicated catalogue typesetting. The publishing rights went to the Hohenester/Gerber families who assigned them to the publishing house, now trading as the “Schwaneberger Verlag”.
At the turn of the century other stamp catalogues had already appeared, but the remarkable success of the MICHEL catalog was attributed to its sophisticated and comprehensive cataloguing system. The stamps were numbered successively from the first number for each country, yet at the same time organised according to various sub-categories and genres, and described as fully as possible. This system was refined over the years and adapted where necessary - but never had to be changed! In fact, the MICHEL numbering system has become standard in Germany. This is underscored by the numerous licence contracts that the Schwaneberger Verlag has concluded with other publishers. All stock lists of German dealers are organised according to the MICHEL numbering system. Collectors exchange, buy and sell using MICHEL numbers.
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