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Michel Catalog Alpenländer 2023 (E1)

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The 108th edition of the Michel catalog Alpenländer 2023 (E1) covers in detail the stamps of Liechtenstein, Austria, Switzerland, United Nations – Geneva, United Nations – Vienna. This edition contains approx. 820 pages, 9'000 pictures and over 40'200 quotations.

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Content of Michel Catalog Alpenländer 2023 (E1):

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


  • Main focus of the new edition: Liechtenstein with both text and numerous valuation adjustments.
  • Editorial improvements and new research results throughout the volume: more precise information of the overprints of Austrian vending machine stamps, newly discovered perforation types for Austria, additional information on Austrian local issues, 50 newly discovered combinations of stamp and ornamental tablet for Liechtenstein and further edition numbers for Swiss stamps expand this MICHEL Alpine countries.
  • Many changes in MICHEL price quotations: Increasing quotations especially for Austrian perforation varieties, used stamps of the 1950s and FDCs of souvenir
    sheet issues. Additionally, Liechtenstein FDCs and motifs of the Princely Family are put under increasing pressure.
  • Over 9200 high-resolution colour photos and approx. 40.200 price appraisals
  • All novelties up to those featured in MICHEL Rundschau No. 2/2023 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.

Switzerland began relatively early with the issue of unusual stamps. After a souvenir sheet with hologram imprint in 1999, the first stamp with embroidery followed the very next year. MiNo. 1726 proves that such collector's stamps are more than just "philatelic gimmicks". For here, too, the first variety without any indication of value was soon found, whose MICHEL price appraisal naturally exceeds that of the normal issue by far.

Now a new variety, MiNo. 1726 II, has appeared with only one "0" missing in the value indication, so the nominal value is "50" instead of "500" in this case. This peculiarity has only appeared on one FDC so far, but it remains to be seen how many pieces Switzerland collectors will find after this variety has become known in a further thorough examination of their own collection.

Photo: Switzerland MiNo. 1726


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:

108th Edition, in colour
822 pages
155 mm x 230 mm, hardcover
On sale: 3 March 2023
Language: German
ISBN: 978-3-95402-451-3

Press Release:

The Michel Catalog Alpenländer 2023 includes the popular collection areas Liechtenstein, Austria, Switzerland as well as UN Geneva and Vienna.

Our MICHEL Europe catalogues are indispensable reference works for every committed philatelist. Here, you will find diverse and well-organised information on classic stamps as well as modern curiosities. The issues also reflect current events. Philately can therefore make a valuable contribution to international understanding, especially in these trying times.

This time we have subjected Liechtenstein to a particularly thorough revision, which resulted in changes to many price quotations. Motifs of the Princely Family as well as FDCs are currently under increasing pressure. In checking the sheet configurations, we also discovered 50 new combinations of stamp and ornamental tablets, all in the years 1963 to 1984.

In Austria, we are now able to quote prices for several unissued stamps for the first time. Significant price jumps can be found in the modern perforation varieties and a total of 15 new covers have been added. We are registering rising demand for used stamps of the 1950s and FDCs of souvenir sheets. Collectors of Austrian local issues will be pleased with the latest research results and 39 new photos will help with their identification. Additionally, the overprints of the Austrian vending machine stamps are presented even more precisely.

Treasure hunters should take note that a second variety of the knitted stamp MiNr. 1726 has appeared in Switzerland. Here, we also added the edition figures for the year 2020 and a total of 6 new stamp booklets from last year.

This volume contains all new issues of the MICHEL-Rundschau up to and including issue 2/2023. In order not to miss any of the following issues and to stay up to date, we recommend a subscription starting with issue 3/2023 or the MICHEL-Online.

The editors were assisted by numerous helpers from collectors, the examiners' association and the trade, whom we would like to thank for their valuable assistance.

We wish our readers a lot of fun with their wonderful hobby and the new Michel Catalog Alpenländer 2023.

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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Weight 2 kg
Dimensions 15 × 23 × 3.2 cm









Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, United Nations

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