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.
|The issues of Central Europe narrate not only postal history but often also contemporary history. This may be one of the reasons for their continuous popularity, as illustrated by one Slovakian block.
Block 53 issued by Slovakia depicts the world-famous photograph “Man with nude chest in front of a tank that is aiming its gun at him“, which Ladislav Bielik made in Bratislava in 1968. This block was originally issued on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the quashing of the “Prague Spring” on August 21st, 2018 and was reissued in units of cut stamps sold for € 6 each at the end of 2019.
The Slovakian block intaglio print received the award “Best Hand-engraved Stamp of the Year of 2018”.
The price quotation for re-issued Block 53 B with MiNo. 852 B in mint condition has more than tripled but even cancelled specimens of this slice of contemporary history are increasingly sought after.
Illustration: Slovakia Block 53 with Mi852
|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
107th Edition, in colour
155 mm x 230 mm, hardcover
On sale: 4 March 2022
Michel Catalog Mitteleuropa 2022 (E2) is the second volume of our sixteen titles that make up the Europe series. It contains the popular collection areas of Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia and Hungary.
We hope all of our readers will enjoy many fun-filled and relaxed hours with their collections and this new 2022 MICHEL Central Europe.It offers friends of classic philately a vast collection area with the issues of the 19th and early 20th centuries. These countries are also a true treasure chest for collectors of motifs. Practically all popular themes and motifs are generously represented. Yet stamps are no longer rectangular pieces of paper used to pay a service in advance. For several years the postal administrations have been breathing new life into philately by introducing fancy formats, unusual printing methods and new materials.
Editorial improvements have been made throughout the whole volume. Se-tenant print units of Czech stamp booklets have received their own price quotations. Regarding Hungary, we have continued the listing of postal re-issues of sheets with customizable printed labels.
One focal point was to revise and update price quotations. You will notice increased values of interesting motifs and larger units, such as sheetlets, blocks and stamp booklets, in all the collection areas, for instance of the cut Slovakian ”Bielik Block“, the quotation of which has tripled. Numerous 10-stamp sheetlets from Czechoslovakia are also among the winners.
This edition features all novelties introduced in MICHEL Rundschau up to and including No. 2/2022. A subscription of the journal starting with No. 3/2022 or a subscription of MICHEL Online is recommended so as to stay updated. In addition to cataloguing all novelties, MICHEL Rundschau keeps its readers informed about anything of importance in the field of philately.
The Editorial Team wants to thank all collectors, examiners and dealers who have supported the successful preparation of this edition of the Michel Catalog Mitteleuropa 2022 by providing their assistance and suggestions.
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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.
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Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Slovakia
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