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Michel Catalog Iberische Halbinsel 2021 (E4)

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The 106th edition of the Michel Catalog Iberische Halbinsel 2021 (E4) covers in detail the stamps of Andorra (span.), Portugal, Azores, Spain. This edition contains approx. 864 pages, 9'000 high-resolution colour illustrations and over 40'300 quotations.




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Content of Michel Catalog Iberische Halbinsel 2021 (E4):

Andorra (span.), Portugal, Spain.


  • Complete edition fully revised and updated
  • The revision of this new edition particularly focused on Portuguese postage stamps and obligatory tax stamps from the era of the Spanish civil war
  • Other improvements and supplements include additional information about invalid special prints of Spanish blocks
  • 176 new colour photos in the collection area of classic stamps and several side areas
  • All novelties presented in MICHEL Rundschau up to and including No. 3/2021 have been catalogued
  • Over 9000 colour pictures and approx. 40,300 appraisals

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.

The MICHEL Editorial Team has not only updated Michel Catalog Iberische Halbinsel 2021 but also improved and complemented data wherever this was possible.

In addition to careful price evaluations, this year’s new edition particularly stands out for its many additional colour photos of classic stamps that make it easier to identify specific issues in this challenging area of philately.

MiNo. 47 a from Portugal, for instance, depicts the portrait of King Louis I in a shade of blue-green, and its appraised value is € 500 or € 900, depending on the perforation. So it pays off to take a closer look at the cataloguing of the new Michel Catalog Iberische Halbinsel 2021, specially when it comes to these classic stamps.


On January 1st, 1928, the first Spanish post offices opened in Andorra; these, however, mainly used Spanish stamps without overprint. The first overprint stamps with the inscription “CORREOS / ANDORRA“ printed in red or black were issued at the end of March of that year.
Several stamps of the set MiNo. 1-14 have sold for good prices from the start despite their high numbers of issue. Now, the cancelled stamps of the re-issue even showed higher values than the appraisals for mint specimens; cancelled specimens of MiNo. 10 C, for instance, now have a value of € 280 while mint issues are selling for € 250.
By the way, what particularly counts when it comes to these issues is their beauty: Well-centred specimens of the many early issues from Spanish Andorra that are off-centre are specially striking, thus frequently yielding considerably higher prices.

Photo: Andorra (Span.) MiNo. 10

Target Group:

Stamp collectors specialized in issues of the Iberian Peninsula countries, experts, dealers, thematic collectors, study groups, teachers

Additional Information:

106th Edition, in colour
864 pages
155 mm x 230 mm, hardcover
On sale: 16 April 2021
Language: German
ISBN: 9-783-95402-354-7

Press Release

Last year presented the human race with enormous challenges. Philatelists, who have been able to pursue their hobby in the safe environment of their homes, can consider themselves to be lucky. The selected stamps on the cover documents the perspective of various postal administrations on the Corona pandemic.

The Michel Catalog Iberische Halbinsel 2021 (E4) is the fourth volume of the Europe series, which consists of a total of sixteen volumes. It contains the popular collection areas of Spain and Portugal as well as the stamps issued by the Spanish Postal System in Andorra.

The new edition is even more extensive and precise than its predecessor. In addition to the revision and updating of price quotations, we have included numerous new MICHEL numbers. Furthermore we have added many editorial modifications and improvements.

176 new colour photos in the area of classic issues and several side areas make it easier for collectors to identify their stamps. We have also adapted the cataloguing of these stamps to today’s MICHEL standards. Portuguese franchise stamps and obligatory tax stamps from the Spanish Civil War era were processed particularly intensively. And we have continued the information regarding invalid special prints of Spanish blocks for another two years.

This edition contains all novelties introduced in MICHEL Rundschau up to and including No. 3/2021. A subscription starting with No. 4/2021 is recommended so as to keep updated on all future novelties. Apart from the cataloguing of novelties, MICHEL Rundschau provides information about anything that matters in philately.

The Editorial Team says “Thank you“ to all those collectors, examiners and dealers out there who helped to make this reference book a success by contributing their suggestions, photos and price documentation.

We hope our readers will truly enjoy this new Michel Catalog Iberische Halbinsel 2021 (E4) and their collections.

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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