Old Germany, Northern German Confederation and German Reich, foreign post offices, colonies, foreign maritime mail, occupation issues, plebiscite areas, Belgian military mail in Rhineland, Eupen, Malmédy, Gdansk, Memel, Bohemia and Moravia, general government, Sudetenland, field post issues, local issues, Allied Occupation, GDR, Berlin (West), Saarland with OPD issues, Federal Republic of Germany.
|In 1859 the Duchy of Oldenburg issued its second set of stamps. These four issues show the national coat of arms with the crown in the oval, as well as ornaments and the nominal values – depicted in figures on the sides and in letters on the bottom.
Though MiNo. 6 for this one-Groschen stamp with over 800,000 issued specimens is by far the most common value, its appraisal has considerably increased since the previous edition of the MICHEL Germany. For that reason it is an even greater pleasure for collectors to be able to admire this exquisite stamp in ”lively grey-blue to greyultramarine“ in colour in this latest edition.Photo: Oldenburg MiNo. 6
Stamp collectors specialized in issues of Germany and German colonies and territories abroad , experts, dealers, thematic collectors, study groups, teachers
The Grand Duchies of Baden and Oldenburg are facing each other diametrically on a North-South axis through Old Germany. While Oldenburg in the Northern German lowland borders on the North Sea and is surrounded by the Kingdom of Hanover, Baden shares borders with Switzerland, France, the Grand Duchy of Hesse and the Kingdoms of Bavaria and Wuerttemberg.
From the philatelic point of view, these two Old German states, which are so different from each other, also went their own ways. In Baden, the first four postage stamps were issued on May 1st, 1851; as in Bavaria two years before, the selected motifs were the garnished numbers of their postal value set in a square frame. The stamps were printed in book-print. Nine months later, Oldenburg launched two lithograph issues in a long format, which depict the state’s coat of arms with crown and shield with postage value. In the Year 1860 Baden followed with its own coat of arms design with griffins and crown. Both grand duchies are presented in the Michel Catalog Deutschland 2023/2024 with a large number of new colour photos of all main numbers, celebrating the beauty of their postage stamps.
Coloured paper, a delicate print, a precise embossment – all that creates the visual effect of any stamp. Yet first of all the designers are the ones who characterize the image of a stamp. The new Michel Catalog Deutschland 2023/2024 edition takes this into account, providing valuable additional information about the engravers and designers who worked for the collection areas of Bohemia and Moravia, Control Council, the French Zone, the Bizone and the F.R.G.
There are lots of new discoveries waiting for fans of extraordinary details in the Michel Catalog Deutschland 2023/2024, such as newly registered watermark and overprint variations in the classic as well as the contemporary collection areas, new main numbers for occupied France, additional information about the cross comb perforations issued by the G.D.R., the numbers of issue of the special issues of the F.R.G. in 2022 – and of course, as always, the latest postage stamp issues of Deutsche Post AG up to and including June of this year. MICHEL Rundschau, the monthly philatelic journal, keeps you informed about any future novelties.
The most striking price changes were found in the collection areas of Old Germany, stamp booklets issued during the Third Reich, German maritime mail, occupation issues during World Wars I and II, plebiscite areas, Eupen and Malmédy, Sudetenland, local issues 1945, general issues of SBZ, the obligatory tax stamps for building residences – so-called “Wohnungsbau- FDCs” – and the more recently issued first-day sheets of F.R.G.
There is a lot to read – about ancient grand duchies and brand-new postage stamps. So dive into the world of German philately!
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The Editorial Team
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.
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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