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The Michel Catalog Deutschland Kompakt 2023 is the 51st edition of Michel's best seller catalog. New but proven Format: The new Deutschland Kompakt is published again with practical cover flaps including perforation key and with separate list of missing and existing items! Easy and quick overview of German stamp issues from the beginning until the end of 2022 with all important information! 680 pages, 10.000 colour photos and approx. 32.500 price quotations!



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Content of Michel Catalog Deutschland Kompakt 2023

Old German States, German Empire, Foreign Post Offices, Colonies, Occupation Issues of WW I and II, Plebiscite Areas (with Saar), Gdansk, Memel, Bohemia and Moravia, General Government, Sudetenland, Field Post Stamps, Local Issues, Allied Occupation (joint issues, Berlin and Brandenburg, Soviet Occupation Zone, French Occupation Zone, American and British Occupation Zone), GDR, West Berlin, Saarland, FRG


  •  New but proven Format: The new Germany Compact is published again with practical cover flaps including perforation key and with separate list of missing and existing items!
  • Easy and quick overview of German stamp issues from the beginning until the end of 2022 with all important information!
  • The review and update of the editorial information and price appraisals led to numerous adjustments.
  • Significant changes in price quotations for Old German States, Upper Silesia, Sudetenland, Occupation Issues of WW II, Local Issues after WW II, French Occupation Zone, and Bizone, Berlin and FRG First Day Sheetlets as well as some of the most recent German postal stamp issues.
  • Over 10.000 colour photos and approx. 32.500 price quotations
  • Novelties up to MICHEL-Rundschau 12/2022
Germany's latest postage stamp series is also one of the most creative: "The World of Letters" illuminates various aspects of written communication in a partly abstract way. The motifs with many, at first glance surprising, combinations of letters and the outside world are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also make you want to communicate with other people by letter again.

Like the current ones, all German postage stamp series have their own unique character and are therefore popular with philatelists. In the German Compact they are clearly presented in addition to the normal chronological cataloguing, thanks to the tabular compilation of the postage stamps. Thus, the interested collector can concentrate fully on the multi-layered motifs of the latest issues. With the "Message in a Bottle" of 2 November 2022, the "World of Covers" already includes 26 stamps.Photo: Germany MiNo. 3723

The Michel Catalog Deutschland Kompakt 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.

Target Group

Stamp collectors specialized in stamps of Germany, experts, dealers, thematic collectors, study groups, teachers

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Title: Michel Catalog Deutschland Kompakt 2023
51st edition, in colour
680 pages
Format: 115 mm x 188 mm, Paperback
With flaps on cover, list of missing and existing items and extra magnifying glass
Publisher: Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH
Publication date: 2 December 2022
Language: German
ISBN: 978-3-95402-399-8

Press Release:

Since the issue of the first postage stamp series of the Federal Republic of Germany, the 16 values of the Posthorn set, 15 further definitive series have been issued in the Federal Republic to date. The "Theodor Heuss" series, which included two different portrait drawings of the first Federal President of the FRG, was the second postage stamp series, followed by the "digit indecorative script". On 13 November 1986, one of the longest-lived German series, the "Women of German History", was launched, which ran for about 16 years. The "Landmarks" launched on 6 November 1987 the "Landmarks", which covered just as many years. The postage stamp series of the new millennium are now the "Flowers", the supplementary stamp series "Digits" and the series "World of Letters", which started in December last year.

With the publication of the Michel Catalog Deutschland Kompakt 2023, 26 different stamps of the new series are already available; they show creative combinations of the outside world and letters which make us smile with their ingenuity. The new Michel Catalog Deutschland Kompakt 2023 presents them listed chronologically by sets as well as in a clear tabular synopsis. At the same time, however, the flower series was continued with the delicate snowdrop and the succulent red clover. The latest catalogues of new stamps offer a rich field of activity for stamp enthusiasts. The MICHEL-Rundschau, the specialist magazine for novelties and philatelic research, provides information on future new postage stamp issues.

The Compact 2023 also presents a lot that is new in the sector of market research. There were, for example, striking price changes in the collecting areas of Old German States, Upper Silesia, Sudetenland, occupation issues of the Second World War, local issues after the Second World War, French Zone and Bizone, in the First Day Sheetlets of Berlin and the Federal Republic as well as in some of the most recent German postal stamp issues.

All that remains now is to wish you, dear readers, much pleasure with the Michel Catalog Deutschland Kompakt 2023. Have fun reading and collecting!

Schwaneberger Publishing House
The Editorial Team


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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Dimensions 11.5 × 18.8 × 2 cm


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