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Michel Catalog Ostafrika 2021/2022 (ÜK 4/2)

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The 40th edition of the Michel Catalog Ostafrika 2021/2022  (ÜK 4/2) covers in detail the stamps of the British Indian Ocean Territory, Burundi, German East Africa, Kenya (with Brit. East Africa), Comoros (with Anjouan, Grande Comore, Moheli), Madagascar (with Diégo Suarez, Nossi-Bé, Sainte-Marie de Madagascar), Mauritius , Mayotte, East African Community (with Brit. East Africa and Uganda etc.), Réunion, Rwanda, Ruanda-Urundi, Zanzibar, Seychelles, Tanganyika, Tanzania, Uganda. This edition contains approx. 768 pages, 14'700 illustrations and over 64'000 quotations.



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Content Michel Catalog Ostafrika 2021/2022 (ÜK 4/2):

Britisches Territorium im Indischen Ozean, Burundi, Deutsch-Ostafrika, Kenia (mit Brit.-Ostafrika), Komoren (mit Anjouan, Grande Comore, Mohéli), Madagaskar (mit Diégo Suarez, Nossi-Bé, Sainte-Marie de Madagascar), Mauritius, Mayotte, Ostafrikanische Gemeinschaft (mit Brit.-Ostafrika und Uganda etc.), Réunion, Ruanda, Ruanda-Urundi, Sansibar, Seychellen, Tanganjika, Tansania, Uganda.


  • The first new edition since 2017!
  • The price quotations for all included issues have been verified and revised, numerous appraisals have been modified
  • Considerably higher appraisals, some quotations of stamps issued by Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya show double their former value
  • Numerous new colour photos; all photos of issues from Mayotte and Rwanda are now in colour!
  • Cataloguing of all novelties up to MICHEL Rundschau 7/2021
  • More than 14,700 colour pictures and approx. 64,000 price quotations

A philatelic journey through East Africa promises to be highly enjoyable not only due to the many new colour pictures this edition has to offer. In quite a few collection areas, the prices of former low- to medium-priced issues have increased – some of them notably – so that the periodical examination of your own collection is truly comparable to a treasure hunt. The postage stamps MiNo. 92 to MiNo. 97 from Tanganyika that feature the portrait of George V were issued in face values of 1 shilling to 1 pound. While one of the stamps has not increased in value since the last edition, the prices of all other issues in mint condition as well as cancelled specimens have gone up, in some cases even more than double their former value.Thus the hunt for East African gems is on (once again)!
Photo: Tanganyika MiNo. 92



Additional Information:

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.

Target Group:

Stamp collectors specialized in issues of Eastern Africa countries, experts, dealers, thematic collectors, study groups, teachers
40th Edition, in colour
768 pages
155 mm x 230 mm, hardcover
On sale: 6 August 2021
Language: German
ISBN: 978-3-95402-372-1

Press Release

This edition of the Michel Catalog Ostafrika 2021/2022 (ÜK 4/2) contains the stamps issued in the territory of East Africa with the collection areas of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, including the small states of Burundi and Rwanda as well as all forerunner areas back to the respective colonial times. Furthermore, the islands in the Indian Ocean that are part of Africa, i.e. Madagascar, the Comoros, the Seychelles and Mauritius as well as the British overseas territory have been included. All countries are represented from the beginning until the latest attainable issues.

As is the case with every new edition of a MICHEL title, the contents of the Michel Catalog Ostafrika 2021/2022 (ÜK 4/2) have been reviewed meticulously, which has not only resulted in additional improvements regarding the description of the recorded issues but also in modified appraisals. These are therefore updated.

The price development of the stamps featured in this edition is positive without any exceptions. We found considerable increases in value, particularly among many issues from Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya; some stamps are now twice as valuable as a few years ago.

While processing the pictures, we were able to replace numerous old photos with sharper new scans, making this volume even more user-friendly for collectors than the previous editions, for instance because the collection areas of Mayotte and Rwanda can now be admired exclusively in colour.

All novelties published in MICHEL Rundschau up to and including No. 7/2021 are featured in this edition so that issues up to 2021 have been added depending on the information available to us. A subscription to MICHEL Rundschau, starting with No. 8/2021, is recommended so as to always have an updated version of the cataloguing without missing any future issues.

Our Editorial Team wants to thank all assistants, dealers, examiners and collectors who supported the editing process of this reference book by providing advice and practical assistance, suggestions, information on prices and supplementary information. It was their help that made it possible to once again turn the 2021 Michel Catalog Ostafrika 2021/2022 (ÜK 4/2) into the most updated standard reference work on the philately of East Africa.

We wish our readers lots of fun and relaxing hours while spending time with their collections and working with this book, which is bound to be their competent assistant once again.

Schwaneberger Publishing House
The Editorial Team


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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Weight 2.5 kg
Dimensions 15.5 × 23 × 2.2 cm





Philately, Postal History, Stamps




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Burundi, Comores, Diégo Suarez, German East Africa, Kenya, Madagascar, Nossi-Bé, Réunion, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanganyika, Tanzania, Uganda, Mauritius, Mayotte

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