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The 1st edition of the Michel Catalog Leuchttürme Ganze Welt 2017/2018 is the must-have catalog for the lovers of  beacons and lighthouse on stamps. This full color catalog of 232 pages compiles approx. 3'000 stamps issued on the Lighthouse theme in color and more than 15'000 price quotations.





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Content of Michel Catalog Leuchttürme Ganze Welt 2017/2018

Over 3'000 Stamp issues from around the world on the topic of Lighthouses based on the data of the MICHEL Online Catalog Database.

  • Content: Lighthouse related stamp issues from all over the world.
  • Since ancient times Lighthouses help to avoid dangerous places and to find a safe harbor to sailors.
  • One of the oldest stamp motif: The first stamp was printed as early as 1897.
  • Stamps depicting light vessels that take the place of a lighthouse in areas where construction is impossible have been included in this new MICHEL for the very first time.
  • Suitable & Practical for collecting and non-collecting Lighthouse enthusiasts
  • Comprehensive catalog introduction with key information on usage and philatelic A-Z lexicon
  • Handy & high-quality catalog format with high resolution color images
  • More concise catalog design and modern layout thanks to an innovative manufacturing process
  • About 3'000 illustrations and 15'000 price quotations
  • Novelties up to and including MICHEL Rundschau 11/2017

The website offers an important collection of pictures of stamps and philatelic material on the topic and a lot of information on beacons and lighthouses.Today, “Roter Sand“ stands for all lighthouses. Being the first construction worldwide that was erected in the ocean, the building, which was completed in 1885, is historically significant. The art of engineering this first offshore construction is based on was true pioneering that was to symbolize technical progress in the German Empire.

Roter Sand has not been operated since 1964. That fact, however, has done nothing to make it less famous. As a result of numerous initiatives, the lighthouse was restored, put under monumental protection, and in 2010 it was awarded the title of ”Historical Landmark of the Art of Engineering in Germany “.

So it is not surprising that the German Postal System launched its series of lighthouse special issues, which is still continued today, with “Roter Sand” in 2004.

Image: FRG MiNo. 2410

Presse Release:

Lighthouses are probably the technical constructions that fascinate people most. This is also true for areas that do not border on any sea shores, even though you will rarely see lighthouses there. However, they can be found on the shores of large in-country bodies of water, such as at the port entrance of the Town of Lindau on Lake Constance, Germany.

The German Postal System and many other international postal services have been issuing stamps with lighthouse motifs on a regular basis, so that by now it has turned into a broad yet still manageable collection area. We have found over 900 different stamp issues from around the world and present them in this book.

The stamps depict lighthouses from the Antiquity to today. The lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, is likely to be the most well-known lighthouse of all and has served as a model for later constructions. A famous German lighthouse is the lighthouse “Roter Sand“, which marks the entrance to the outer Weser in the German bay. Today, it is no longer active and is a protected monument. This monument is the first of 19 German issues that feature the lighthouse motif.

The selection of issues was done by searching the MICHEL data base and complemented by suggestions made by collectors, and we want to take this opportunity to express our great appreciation for their help. We have also included the handful of stamps that show light vessels because they replace lighthouses in spots that cannot be built on.

In the years to come we will find even more lighthouses on German stamps; they have already been announced. And many other countries will continue to issue stamps with that motif. MICHEL Rundschau or MICHEL Online will keep you informed about these future novelties that will be issued after the publication of this MICHEL volume dedicated to the lighthouse motif. So a subscription will pay off!

We hope the new Michel Catalog Leuchttürme Ganze Welt 2018 will help you to navigate through the lighthouse issues and wish you lots of success when putting together your individual collection of lighthouse stamps.

The Editorial Team
Schwaneberger Publishing House

Target Group:

Stamp collectors specialized in stamps of beacons, lighthouse, byods , experts, dealers, thematic collectors, study groups, teachers

Title: MICHEL Catalog >Leuchttürme Ganze Welt 2018
Edition: 1st edition, in color.
Pages: 232
Format: 152 mm x 203 mm, paperback
Publisher: Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH
Publication Date: 22 December 2017
Language: German
ISBN: 9-783-95402-163-5

MICHEL provides top-quality information for collectors

Thanks to decades of experience and constant revision, the MICHEL catalogs are unmatched in terms of lay-out, comprehensiveness, accuracy and production. MICHEL catalogues provide all key information on stamps, postal stationary and coins. The systematic collection of data on collectable items, a well-organised system and detailed illustrations ensure easy use and a quick way to find required information. Each new edition of a MICHEL catalog is completely revised, updated and expanded so that it always reflects the latest situation on the market.

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.

100 years of the MICHEL 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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Leuchttürme – Ganze Welt 2018


Briefmarkenausgaben aus aller Welt zum Thema Leuchttürme auf Basis der Daten des MICHEL-Online-Katalogs.


  • Seit der Antike helfen Leuchttürme den Seefahrern, gefährliche Stellen zu meiden und den sicheren Hafen zu finden
  • Eines der ältesten Briefmarkenmotive überhaupt: Bereits 1897 wurde die erste Marke gedruckt
  • In den neuen MICHEL wurden auch Marken mit Feuerschiffen aufgenommen, die an nicht bebaubaren Stellen die Funktion eines Leuchtturms einnehmen
  • Rund 3000 farbige Abbildungen und etwa 15 000 Preisnotierungen
  • Neuheiten bis MICHEL-Rundschau 11/2017

„Roter Sand“ gilt heute als Inbegriff eines Leuchtturms. Der 1885 fertiggestellte Turm ist als weltweit erstes im Meer errichtetes Bauwerk überhaupt auch von historischer Bedeutung. Die Ingenieurskunst hinter diesem ersten Offshore-Bauwerk war seinerzeit echte Pionierarbeit, die den technischen Fortschritt im deutschen Kaiserreich symbolisieren sollte.

Seit 1964 ist Roter Sand nicht mehr in Betrieb. Das tut seinem Ruhm aber keinen Abbruch. Auf vielfache Initiative wurde der Leuchtturm restauriert, unter Denkmalschutz gestellt und 2010 folgte die Auszeichnung „Historisches Wahrzeichen der Ingenieurbaukunst in Deutschland“.

Es überrascht wenig, dass die Deutsche Post 2004 ihre bis heute fortdauernde Sonderpostwertzeichenserie Leuchttürme mit dem Roten Sand begann.

Abbildung: BRD MiNr. 2410

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Leuchttürme sind die technischen Bauwerke, die wahrscheinlich die größte Faszination auf die Menschen ausüben. Dies auch im Binnenland, obwohl man dort Leuchttürme eher selten findet. An großen Binnengewässern kommen sie aber durchaus vor, in Deutschland zum Beispiel an der Hafeneinfahrt der Stadt Lindau am Bodensee.

Die Deutsche Post und auch viele andere internationale Postunternehmen geben regelmäßig Briefmarken mit Leuchtturm-Motiven heraus, so dass hier inzwischen umfangreiches, aber noch überschaubares Sammelgebiet entstanden ist. Die über 900 verschiedenen Ausgaben, die wir weltweit gefunden haben, sind in diesem Band zusammengefasst.

Die Briefmarken zeigen Leuchttürme von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart. Der Leuchtturm von Alexandria, eines der sieben Weltwunder der Antike, ist wahrscheinlich der bekannteste Leuchtturm und diente späteren Bauten als Vorbild. Ein berühmter deutscher Leuchtturm ist „Roter Sand“ in der deutschen Bucht, der die Einfahrt zur Außenweser markiert. Er ist heute nicht mehr aktiv und steht unter Denkmalschutz. Er ist auch auf der ersten von inzwischen 19 deutschen Ausgaben zu Motiv Leuchtturm zu sehen.

Die Auswahl erfolgte durch Suche in der MICHEL-Datenbank, ergänzt um Hinweise von Sammlern, denen wir an dieser Stelle ganz besonders danken. Aufgenommen wurden auch die wenigen Briefmarken, die Feuerschiffe zeigen, denn diese erfüllen die Funktion des Leuchtturms an Stellen, wo der Bau nicht möglich ist.

Auch in den kommenden Jahren werden wir Leuchttürme auf deutschen Briefmarken finden, sie sind bereits angekündigt. Und auch viele andere Länder werden sich weiterhin zu diesem Thema Briefmarken ausgeben. Über diese Neuheiten im Anschluss an den MICHEL-Motivband Leuchttürme informiert Sie die MICHEL-Rundschau oder der MICHEL-Online. Ein Abonnement lohnt sich also.

Wir hoffen, dass der neue MICHEL-Leuchttürme ganze Welt für Sie eine Navigationshilfe durch die Leuchtturmbriefmarken darstellt und wünschen Ihnen viel Erfolg beim Zusammenstellen Ihrer individuellen Leuchtturmsammlung.

Schwaneberger Verlag



1. Auflage, in Farbe
232 Seiten
Format: 152 x 203 mm, kartoniert
Erstverkaufstag: 22. Dezember 2017
Verlag: Schwaneberger Verlag GmbHCheck also some pins from our pinterest board Lighthouse on Stamps to give you an idea of the variety of stamps that exist:

Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 14.8 × 21 cm

1st edition, in color, hardcover




ca. 232

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