Old Germany, Northern German Confederation and German Reich, foreign post offices, colonies, maritime mail abroad, occupation issues, plebiscite areas, Belgian military mail in Rhineland, Eupen, Malmédy, Gdansk, Memel, Sudetenland, field post stamps, local issues, Allied occupation, GDR, Berlin (West), Saarland with OPD issues, Federal Republic of Germany
|Like every year, this new edition of the Michel Catalog Deutschland 2022/2023 summarizes all relevant new information about Germany’s philately from the beginnings until the latest German stamps.
This time, particularly the appraisals have seen numerous modifications. While some collection areas that boasted very high values in the past have now witnessed depreciation in value, there have also been many winners, such as several issues of the French occupation zone. The MICHEL appraisals of several stamps of this formerly rather moderately priced collection area have gone up – for example the appraisal of MiNo. 23 from Rhineland-Palatinate with its motif of winemakers’ houses.
Photo: French Zone Rhineland-Palatinate MiNo. 23
Stamp collectors specialized in issues of Germany and German colonies and territories abroad , experts, dealers, thematic collectors, study groups, teachers
Since the Federal Republic of Germany has issued its first postage stamp series – the 16 values of the post horn set – 15 additional continuous series have been issued so far in the German Federation collection area.
The series “Theodor Heuss“, which featured two different portrait drawings of the first president of the F.R.G., was the second postage stamp series, followed by “Figures in Ornate Lettering“. On November 13th, 1986, one of the longest German series was launched, namely the series “Women in German History“, which ran for about 16 years, and November 6th, 1987, marked the beginning of the series “Cultural Attractions“, which was issued for many years as well. The postage stamp series of the new millennium are “Flowers“, the supplemental stamp series “Figures“, and the series “The World of Letters“, which was launched in December of last year.
By the time the Michel Catalog Deutschland 2022/2023 is published, this new series has already presented 15 different values; they feature creative combinations of letters and the external world, and their rich imagination makes us smile. Simultaneously the flower series has been continued with the motifs of filigree snowdrops and lush red clover. The latest novelty recordings thus offer friends of postage stamps a versatile field they may explore. MICHEL Rundschau, the journal that focuses on novelties and philatelic research, informs its readers about future issues of postage stamps.
In the field of market research the Michel Catalog Deutschland 2022/2023 presents plenty of new developments. The collection areas of Old Germany – particularly the reprints of the Hanover motifs –, the German Reich, the occupation in World Wars I and II, plebiscite areas, Gdansk, Sudetenland, local issues as of 1945, but also the early years of West Berlin and the French occupation zone have been showing striking price changes.
Collectors interested in production technology can look forward to the current numbers of issue of the German special issues of 2021 as well as some interesting production variations, such as overprints with flawed colour shades and watermark deviations.
And last but not least, this edition of the Michel Catalog Deutschland 2022/2023 comes with numerous typographic enhancements in order to make it easier to read, and the introduction is presented with attractive colour illustrations for the first time.
Now all that is left to say is that we wish you, dear readers, lots of fun with the Michel Catalog Deutschland 2022/2023. Enjoy!
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