Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, West Hungary..
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.
Many Czech and Slovak issues are not only very attractive but also depict art and current events in a special way. In 2018 Slovakia issued a block that shows the most famous photographs of the Prague Spring: While documenting the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in August of 1968, the photo journalist Ladislav Bielik captures the very moment one single Slovakian confronts a tank with his bare chest.
The Slovakian block intaglio print received the award “Best Hand-engraved Stamp of the Year of 2018”.
Illustration: Slovakia Block 53
70 additional colour photos illustrate the early Hungarian postal history in this new MICHEL edition.
On MiNo. 73 the Turul bird, a hybrid between an eagle and a falcon that makes many an appearance in Hungarian myths, is flying over the Holy Crown of Hungary. Numerous stamps that depicted that motif were issued at the beginning of the 20th Century; now they can be spotted a lot easier in the MICHEL Central Europe.
Stamp collectors specialized in issues of European Alpine countries, experts, dealers, thematic collectors, study groups, teachers
106th Edition, in colour
155 mm x 230 mm, hardcover
On sale: 5 March 2021
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 document the perspective of various postal administrations on the Corona pandemic.
Volume 2 of the sixteen volumes the Europe series consists of is the 2021 MICHEL Mitteleuropa . It contains the popular collection areas of Slovakia, Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia and Hungary.
This new edition is even more comprehensive and precise than its predecessor. Numerous new MICHEL numbers were included, and many editorial changes and improvements have also been made. The information about common postage tariffs of the Czech Republic and Slovakia has been complemented, respectively added. Notes of validity on Czech issues of the 1930s have been split regarding the German Protectorates Bohemia and Moravia as well as Slovakia. Listings of the quantities of the Hungarian and Czech postal systems’ own customizable reissues have been included.
One focal point of the editing process was the revision and updating of price quotations. Price increases were noted particularly among many interesting motifs and sheetlet issues. The value of specimens of one Czech sheetlet in mint condition has risen from € 90 to € 250. This edition boasts new photos of 70 issues alone from classic Hungarian stamps. We will soon have accomplished our goal to depict all stamps of one issue with different motifs.
This volume contains all novelties introduced in MICHEL Rundschau up to and including No. 2/2021. A subscription of the magazine, starting with No. 3/2021, is recommended so as to keep updated and not miss any novelties. In addition to the cataloguing of novelties, MICHEL Rundschau provides information about anything of importance in the world of philately.
The Editorial Team wants to say Thank You to all the collectors, examiners and dealers whose suggestions, photos and price lists contributed to the successful making of this edition.
We hope our readers will greatly enjoy spending time with the new 2021 MICHEL Central Europe and their own collections.
Schwaneberger Publishing House
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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Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Slovakia
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