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Michel Catalog China 2023-2024 (Ü 9.1)

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The 45th edition of the Michel Catalog China 2023 (Ü 9.1) covers in detail the stamps of China – empire and republic until 1949; Taiwan; the People’s Republic with FDC appraisals; foreign post offices in China; Kiautschou; Hong Kong, Macao, Manchukuo, Tibet and Japanese occupation of China. This edition is enriched with more than a 100 pages of novelties compared to the 2020 edition and contains approx. 960 pages, 8'500 high-resolution colour illustrations and over 52'000 quotations. It covers all the stamps issued till 09/2023.





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Content of Michel Catalog China 2023-2024 (Ü 9.1): 

China – empire and republic until 1949; Taiwan; the People’s Republic with FDC appraisals; foreign post offices in China; Kiautschou; Hong Kong, Macao, Manchukuo, Tibet and Japanese occupation of China


  • Carefully revised and updated price quotations in all collection areas
  • Particularly FDCs issued by the People’s Republic of China between 1957 – 1966 have recently been yielding higher prices.
  • New feature in this edition: Express mail stamps of the Empire and Republic of China
  • Nearly the whole edition is in colour due to over 40 new colour photos of classic stamps.
  • About 8500 photos and approx. 52,000 price quotations
  • All novelties featured in MICHEL Rundschau up to and including 9/2023

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.

Express mail stamps of the Chinese Empire and the Republic of China are presented for the first time in this 45th edition. These issues were used to mail postal matters by express mail. With the help of this new MICHEL China catalogue, ambitious collectors may now expand their collections by this special area.

Photo: Excerpt from Page 152 of the new MICHEL Overseas 9.1.

Target Group:

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

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45th Edition, in colour
960 pages
155 mm x 230 mm, hardcover
On sale: 3 November 2023
Language: German
ISBN: 978-3-95402-438-4

Press Release

The new Michel Catalog China 2023-2024 (Ü 9.1) features all stamps issued by China – from the first issue of the Chinese Empire in 1878 to the latest issues of the four active administrative regions: Taiwan, the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong and Macao. We have also added the issues of the Chinese side areas and the foreign post offices in China, thus covering the complete philately of China.

As we do with every new edition of any MICHEL title, we carefully revised and – where this was necessary – updated the descriptions as well as the prices in the Michel Catalog China 2023-2024 (Ü 9.1). Particularly FDCs that were issued by the People’s Republic of China between 1957 and 1966 have seen price increases. All collection areas covered in this volume have been updated to the latest state of research.

We were able to replace several old photos by sharper scans during the editing process. All in all more than 40 new colour pictures, mainly depicting classic stamps, have been included in this edition. The Michel Catalog China 2023-2024 (Ü 9.1) is therefore almost completely in colour, making it easier for collectors to use and consult than its predecessors.

The inclusion of express mail issues from the Chinese Empire and the People’s Republic of China is a brand new supplement provided in this edition. These stamps were used to send
out postal matters by express mail. This new MICHEL edition will help ambitious collectors to expand their China collections by this special collection area.

New issues published in MICHEL Rundschau up to and including No. 9/2023 are listed in this edition, taking issues up to the year of 2023 into consideration, depending on the availability of information. A subscription to MICHEL Rundschau, starting with No. 10/2023, or to MICHEL Online is recommended so as to keep your cataloguing updated and not miss any future issues.

The Editorial Team wants to express their gratitude to all assistants, dealers, examiners and collectors who supported the preparation of this reference work with advice and practical
help, price suggestions and supplemental information. Only with their assistance were we able to once again turn the Michel Catalog China 2023-2024 (Ü 9.1) into the most state-of-the-art standard reference book about overseas philately. We hope you will enjoy this revised catalogue and spend many pleasurable hours with your own collection.

Schwaneberger Publishing House
The Editorial Team


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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.

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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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