The 104th edition of the Michel catalog Südosteuropa 2019/2020 (EK4) covers in detail the stamps of Aegean Islands, Bulgaria, Crete, Cyprus, Eastern Rumelia, Epirus, Greece, Icaria, Autonomous Monastic State of the Holy Mountain, Ionian Islands, Romania, Samos, Thrace, Turkey, Turkish Cyprus. This edition contains approx. 1’376 pages, 19’000 illustrations and over 74’000 quotations.
Content of Michel Catalog Südosteuropa 2019/2020 (EK 4):
Aegean Islands, Bulgaria, Crete, Cyprus, Eastern Rumelia, Epirus, Greece, Icaria, Autonomous Monastic State of the Holy Mountain, Ionian Islands, Romania, Samos, Thrace, Turkey, Turkish Cyprus
Hardcover edition with ribbon bookmark
The whole edition has been revised and updated
Many price increases regarding Greece, Samos and Thrace for issues of the WW I post-war era
Inclusion of new type variations, such as concerning issues from Rumania
Additional editorial expansions particularly in regards to Bulgarian stamps: complemented periods of validity of the years of issue 2014 and 2015 as well as the sub-classification of the types of modern Bulgarian block issues
Including many new colour pictures
Novelties up to MICHEL Rundschau 9/2019
Approx. 19,000 pictures and about 74,000 price quotations
Comprehensive catalog introduction with key information on usage and philatelic A-Z lexicon
Handy & high-quality catalog format including type differences, color and perforation varieties, first-day-cover valuations, reprints and much more
New high resolution color images
Topic index for topical collectors
Including international sales results
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.
The area of Southeast Europe boasts an ancient history of culture that is also reflected in the stamp issues of its individual states and that has traditionally been of interest especially – but not exclusively – to collectors of classic stamps. Recently, particularly the contemporary issues of Bulgaria starting with the Year of 2000 have become so popular that their prices rose considerably.
Yet the older stamps of this area also benefit from that development. One such example is the price quotation of the postage due stamp Bulgaria MiNo. 7 II, which went from € 150 up to € 500, having more than tripled.
The collection area of Southeast Europe has plenty to offer in regards to classic stamps as well as modern issues!
Illustration: Bulgaria Postage Due stamp MiNr. 7 II C
Stamp collectors specialized in issues of South East European countries, experts, dealers, thematic collectors, study groups, teachers
Format: 155 mm x 230 mm, Hardcover
Publishing House: Schwaneberger Verlag
First Day of Sale: 27 September 2019
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Viele Preiserhöhungen bei Griechenland, Samos und Thrakien für Marken der Zeit nach dem ersten Weltkrieg
Aufnahme neuer Abarten, z.B. bei Rumänien
Weitere redaktionelle Erweiterungen vor allem bei bulgarischen Marken: ergänzte Gültigkeitsperioden der Jahrgänge 2014 und 2015 und Typen-Unterteilung bei modernen bulgarischen Blockausgaben
Mit vielen neuen Farbabbildungen
Neuheiten bis zur MICHEL-Rundschau 9/2019
Rund 19.000 Abbildungen und etwa 74.000 Preisnotierungen
Edition: 104. Aufl., in Farbe
Format: 155 mm x 230 mm, Hardcover
Verlag: Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH
Erscheinungsdatum: 27 September 2019
Der südosteuropäische Raum kann auf eine lange Kulturgeschichte zurückblicken, die sich auch in den Markenausgaben der einzelnen Länder zeigt und ist traditionell gerade für Klassiksammler interessant – aber nicht ausschließlich. Zuletzt waren besonders die modernen Ausgaben Bulgariens ab dem Jahr 2000 so gefragt, dass die Preise deutlich gestiegen sind.
Die älteren Marken dieses Gebietes proftieren von dieser Entwicklung aber ebenfalls. Mehr als verdreifacht hat sich so beispielsweise die Preisnotierung der Portomarke Bulgarien MiNr. 7 II, die von 150 auf 500 € kletterte.
Das Sammelgebiet Südosteuropa hat sowohl in der Klassik als auch der Moderne viel zu bieten!