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Michel Handbook Plattenfehler Deutsches Reich (1875-1945)

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Stamps issued by the German Empire (1872-1945) MiNo. 1 to MiNo. 910, the plate flaws of which have already been recorded, including official and telegraph stamps as well as semi-officially airmail stamps based on the 2018 MICHEL Germany Special (Volume 1).



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Content of Michel Handbook Plattenfehler Deutsches Reich 1875-1945:

Stamps issued by the German Empire (1872-1945) MiNo. 1 to MiNo. 910, the plate flaws of which have already been recorded, including official and telegraph stamps as well as semi-officially airmail stamps based on the MICHEL Catalog Deutschland-Spezial 2018 (Volume 1).


  • First re-issue since 2015
  • New: now including plate flaws on the crown on shield issues of the German Empire (MiNo. 1–30)
  • Thorough cataloguing of the issues, followed by specific cataloguing of the plate flaws
  • Over 100 plate flaws newly included
  • 200 new pictures illustrate this new reference book
  • Numerous price adaptations throughout the book

Plate flaws are an exciting specialized collection area and they are highlights of any regular collection of a specific country. Particularly the damaged plates used during the era of the German Empire gave birth to many famous stamps that were affectionately given nicknames. However, the airmail stamp MiNo. 533 proves that a plate flaw can also make a postage stamp stand out financially. Just one tiny mistake in the word “Luftpost“ has increased the value of this issue from 50 to 1000 Euros.




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On December 11th, 1922, two surtax stamps for the benefit of the support of children and the elderly were issued in Germany. Their designer, Professor Johann Vincenz Cissarz, chose a kneeling young woman who is planting a tree sapling, depicted from the side, as the motif. Her hands appear caring, her eyes focus on a star that sparkles over her head. Cissarz portrays her as an allegory of charity.

The comforting handkerchief in her left hand actually fits well into the picture. Yet Cissarz did not intend for it to be there. It is only apparent on Field 40 of the counter sheet and owes its existence to a flawed plate. Which makes it extremely interesting for collectors of plate flaws.

Plate flaws – deviations in the image of a stamp due to flawed plate forms – add curious highlights to a collection. They turn a stamp into something quite unique, and therefore a number of plate flaws of the German Empire have been endowed with imaginative nicknames: Besides ”Huge Pearls” and “Horseshoes” you can find “Starter Cranks“, ”Lost Boot Soles “ and the aforementioned “handkerchiefs”. The emergency relief issue of 1932 is evidence of the fact that a plate flaw can also make a postage stamp stand out financially. A small error in the print has increased the value of the issue from 32 to whopping 18000 Euros.

This Michel Handbook Plattenfehler Deutsches Reich (1875-1945) wants to attract philatelic researchers, fans of odd deviations and market-oriented collectors alike. It contains all official postage stamps of the German Empire, including official stamps and telegraph stamps as well as semi-official airmail stamps, the plate flaws of which have already been recorded. In addition to the basic listing of the issues, the relevant plate flaws are presented in detail, described and appraised in up to five price columns.

More than 100 plate flaws have been newly included in this second edition of the reference book. For the first time it also contains the plate flaws of the crown on shield issues of 1872–1874 as well as numerous novel discoveries from the years 1875–1945. This reference book contains 200 extra illustrations, thus including over 1000 pictures that present a fascinating collection area.

As always we hope our readers have lots of fun with the new MICHEL – and that they discover a few curiosities for their own collections.

Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH
The Editorial Team

Target Group:

Collectors of Deutsches Reich stamps, experts, dealers, thematic collectors, study groups, teachers

Additional Information:

Edition: 2nd Edition, in color.
Pages: 92
Size: 150 mm x 225 mm, paperback
Publisher: Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH
Publication Date: June 22, 2018
Language: German
ISBN: 9783954022311

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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