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Michel Catalog Alpenländer 2022 (E1)

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The 107th edition of the Michel catalog Alpenländer 2022 (E1) covers in detail the stamps of Liechtenstein, Austria, Switzerland, United Nations – Geneva, United Nations – Vienna. This edition contains approx. 800 pages, 9'000 pictures and over 39'300 quotations.

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Content of Michel Catalog Alpenländer 2022 (E1):

Liechtenstein, Austria, Switzerland, United Nations – Geneva, United Nations – Vienna.


  • 2022 Alpine Countries: These particularly popular European collection areas have been fully revised and complemented by the Editorial Team.
  • Additional information about forgeries, new price appraisals of se-tenant print units from Austrian foil sheets and supplemented numbers of issue regarding Swiss stamps provide even more details and safety.
  • Ten newly discovered type variations reflect a philatelic interest in the Alps that is as strong as ever!
  • An additional number of 230 new photos make it considerably easier for collectors to identify their stamps.
  • All price appraisals have been revised, resulting in numerous price increases, for instance for issues of German Austria and the Donau-Dampfschifffahrts-Gesellschaft (Danube Steamboat Association)
  • Besides general price trends, collectors will also find large price increases of individual stamps, such as a cancelled “Standing Helvetia“ that has nearly doubled its five-digit value.
  • More than 9000 high-resolution photos in colour and approx. 39,300 price appraisals
  • All novelties up to those featured in MICHEL Rundschau No. 2/2022 have been included

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 speed in which special issues are discovered by attentive collectors is one indicator that shows how popular the collection areas of the first Europe volume are. The stamp MiNo. 2709 has not even been on the market for ten months when the 2022 MICHEL Alpine Countries (E 1) is published, yet MICHEL has already received information regarding a type variation: Obviously the imperforate variation on the occasion of the ”125-Year Anniversary of the Touring Club Switzerland (TCS)“ cannot yet be officially appraised but it does inspire an increased attention regarding contemporary issues!

Photo: Switzerland MiNo. 2709


Among collectors, the “Alpine countries“ are well known for their innovative and widely popular issues. In 2019, specially Austria and Liechtenstein again issued many special editions that were much discussed by the public.

In January, for instance, Liechtenstein issued a particularly striking and valuable embroidered stamp. On the occasion of “300 years of the Principality of Liechtenstein“ a variety of a princely hat with silhouette embroidery was put on the market in the form of a handmade postage stamp. This special issue, which was limited to only little over 2000 stamps sold for 300 Franks each by the postal system, features 24-carat gold threads as well as Swarovski crystals. It remains to be seen how many of these specimens will actually be used for truly princely greetings sent through the postal system; however, the prices for specimens traded so far have already led to the MICHEL quotation of € 1600.
Experts warn against paying speculative prices for such objects as the interest in them will often subside again. Yet issues such as the real-gold princely hat from Liechtenstein and the Austrian crypto stamp definitely have the potential to raise the interest of non-collectors in philately as well.

Illustration: Liechtenstein MiNo. 1932

MiNo. 2606, which depicts an Airbus A310–300 and was issued in 2006 on the occasion of the Day of the Stamp, is among the pieces whose sheetlets have increased by ten Euros in value since last year. It remains to be seen if Austrian sheetlet issues will continue to be this popular in 2021.

Target Group:

Stamp collectors specialized in issues of European Alpine countries, experts, dealers, thematic collectors, study groups, teachers

Additional Information:

107th Edition, in colour
800 pages
155 mm x 230 mm, hardcover
On sale: 4 March 2022
Language: German
ISBN: 978-3-95402-381-3

Press Release:

Michel Catalog Alpenländer 2022 (E1) is the first of our sixteen titles of the Europe series. It contains the popular collection areas of Liechtenstein, Austria, Switzerland as well as UNO Geneva and Vienna.

It offers friends of classic philately a vast collection area with the issues of the 19th and early 20th centuries. These countries are also a true treasure chest for collectors of motifs. Practically all popular themes and motifs are generously represented. Yet stamps are no longer rectangular pieces of paper used to pay a service in advance. For several years the postal administrations have been breathing new life into philately by introducing fancy formats, unusual printing methods and new materials.

The whole edition has undergone editorial improvements. 230 new photos that depict issues of the so-called side areas, such as Swiss offices, deserve to be emphasized. They will make it a lot easier for collectors to identify their stamps. Se-tenant print units of Austrian foil sheets are now listed with their own price quotations. Information regarding forgeries protects buyers from bad buys. And another year of Swiss issues lists the numbers of issues that have been published.

One focal point was the revision and updating of price quotations. You will, for instance, find price increases among issues from German Austria as well as from the Donau-Dampfschifffahrts-Gesellschaft (Danube Steamboat Association). Certainly a cancelled “Standing Helvetia“, which has nearly doubled its five-digit value, has made the greatest leap. We have included a total of ten new type variations. A Swiss perforation variation from 2021 is brand new. Be sure to examine your inventory!

This edition contains all novelties presented in MICHEL Rundschau up to and including No. 2/2022. We recommend a subscription of MICHEL Rundschau starting with issue No. 3/2022 or MICHEL Online so as to stay updated. In addition to cataloguing all novelties, MICHEL Rundschau keeps you informed about anything that matters in the field of philately.

Thank you, all you collectors, examiners and dealers out there who have helped to make this reference book a success by your support and your suggestions.

We hope our readers will find relaxation and true enjoyment while spending time with their collections and this new Michel Catalog Alpenländer 2022 (E1).

Schwaneberger Verlag


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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