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The 105th edition of the Michel Catalog Benelux 2020/2021 (E12) covers in detail the stamps of Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands. This edition contains approx. 704 pages, 7'600 high-resolution colour illustrations and over 37'000 quotations.


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Tags: 2020, 2021, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, stamp catalog
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Content of Michel Catalog Benelux 2020/2021 (E12):

Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands.


  • The whole reference book has been revised by the Editorial Team
  • Price adjustments in numerous collection areas throughout the whole edition
  • New philatelic research results: 16 re-editions of current Belgian coil stamps could be determined on the basis of the punching dimensions and there are also new insights into the first use of the Luxembourg postal stamp series “Staats-Wappen” from 1859–1882.
  • Hyperlinks to issues with identical images facilitate orientation with Belgian postage stamps, overprint stamps are consistently referenced with their original stamps.
  • New additional price quotations now also evaluate individual units from Belgian and Luxembourg stamp booklets such as four or five stripes.
  • Over 7600 colour images and approx. 37,000 price evaluations
  • Novelties up to the MICHEL-Rundschau 8/2020

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.Photo: Netherlands MiNo. 3926The term Benelux has been widely used since Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg formed a customs union in 1944. The many cultural and economic similarities of the three monarchies are probably one of the reasons why stamp collectors like to combine these areas. That is why they are combined in one volume in the new Europe series.

Nevertheless, European postage stamps still like to show the peculiarities of their own country – as one of the most recent issues from the Netherlands shows. MiNo. 3926 of June 15, 2020 is dedicated to the popular "Bitter Balls" (bitter bal), which do not owe their name to their own taste, but because they used to be served as a meat snack with a bitters. Especially in the corona year, stamp collectors can learn a lot about other countries in a safe way.

Photo: Netherlands MiNo. 3926

Target Group:

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

Additional Information:

Edition: 105th
Pages: approx. 768
Format: 155 mm x 230 mm, Hardcover
Publishing House: Schwaneberger Verlag
First Day of Sale: 4 September 2020
Language: German
ISBN: 9783954023424

Press Release

For MICHEL, the new decade has started with a small revolution. For 14 years we catalogued the issues of the European states in 7 volumes. Yet the growing number of pages and the price increases for the volumes have made it necessary to re-structure them. By splitting the series into 16 individual volumes, we can now provide our readers with reference books that better suit their interests as collectors for a considerably lower price.

The Michel Catalog Benelux 2020/2021 (E12) continues the new Europe series with the popular collection areas Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg. Using the latest typesetting technology, the information from our philatelic database (PDB) is transferred into a reader-friendly layout.

The editorial work is spread across the entire work. One focus was on checking and updating the price quotations. In general, the cataloging of the stamps have been brought into line with the latest research and updated in many places. Numerous new MICHEL numbers have been added and many editorial changes and improvements have been made.

Current Belgian coil stamps are characterized by different punching dimensions on all four sides of the stamp. With the help of these dimensions, subsequent editions can be perfectly documented. We can report sixteen new finds. We also present the latest research results on the first uses of the Luxembourg postage stamps “Staats-Wappen” from 1859–1882.

New hyperlinks to stamps with the same image create a clear view of Belgian postage stamps. Overprints are also consistently referenced with their original stamps. Stamp categories such as official stamps or railway package stamps cannot be overlooked. Units from Belgian and Luxembourg stamp booklets, such as blocks of four or strips of five, have now received their own price quotation.

This volume contains all the novelties recorded up to and including issue 8/2020 of the MICHEL-Rundschau. In order not to miss any of the following issues and to stay up to date, we recommend a subscription to the MICHEL-Rundschau from issue 9/2020.

The editorial team would like to thank all collectors, auditors and dealers who have contributed to the success of this reference work with advice and action.

We wish our readers a lot of pleasure in dealing with philately and the new Michel Catalog Benelux 2020/2021 (E12).

Schwaneberger Publishing House
The Editorial Team

Michel Catalog Benelux 2020/2021 (E12)


Belgien, Luxemburg, Niederlande.


  • Preisüberprüfungen und -Anpassungen im ganzen Band
  • Neue philatelistische Forschungsergebnisse: 16 Nachauflagen aktueller belgischer Rollenmarken konnten anhand der Stanzungsmaße festgestellt werden und auch zur Erstverwendungen der Luxemburger Freimarkenserie „Staatswappen“ von 1859–1882 gibt es neue Erkenntnisse.
  • Querverweise auf bildgleiche Marken erleichtern die Orientierung bei belgischen Freimarken, Aufdruckmarken werden konsequent bei ihren Urmarken referenziert.
  • Neue zusätzliche Preisnotierungen bewerten nun auch einzelne Einheiten aus belgischen und luxemburgischen Markenheftchen wie Vierer- oder Fünferstreifen.
  • Über 7600 Farbabbildungen und ca. 37.000 Preisbewertungen
  • Neuheiten bis MICHEL-Rundschau 8/2020


Edition: 105. Aufl., in Farbe
Seiten: 704
Format: 155 mm x 230 mm, Hardcover
Verlag: Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH
Erscheinungsdatum: 4 September 2020

Presse Information


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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