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The 108th edition of the Michel catalog Mitteleuropa 2023 (E2) covers in detail the stamps of Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, West Hungary. This edition contains approx. 834 pages, 9'300 pictures and over 41'700 quotations.

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Content of Michel Catalog Mitteleuropa 2023 (E2):

Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, West Hungary..


  • New discoveries: Two unissued stamps of Czechoslovakia and six other varieties.
  • Many other editorial improvements such as notes on the withdrawal of Hungarian stamps, differentiation of overprint colours on the Czechoslovakian revolutionary issue "Hluboká" or additional cross-references between Slovakian self-adhesives and wet stamps with the same motifs
  • Price adjustments throughout the volume with especially many increases for imperforated varieties of the "Slovak State", miniature sheets and souvenir sheets.
  • Revised and updated price quotations, including numerous modified appraisals
  • Higher quotations, mainly for interesting motifs and larger units, such as sheetlets, blocks or stamp booklets.
  • Over 9300 colour photos and approx. 41,700 price quotations
  • Features novelties introduced in MICHEL Rundschau up to and including No. 2/2023

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 14th Congress of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia was originally planned for 1968 and with it the issue of two stamps to mark the occasion. The 14th Congress of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia was originally planned for 1968 and with it the issue of two stamps to mark the occasion. After the violent suppression of the "Prague Spring" by Warsaw Pact troops, however, it was postponed and the stamp issues destroyed - or so it was thought. Now, however, mint copies have surfaced and have been included as MiNr. IV and V in the MICHEL Central Europe 2023.

Of course, these small political witnesses cannot be evaluated with absolute certainty so soon after their first discovery, but the preliminary MICHEL price quotation definitely indicates that a search for them may be worthwhile!

Photo: Czechoslovakia IV und V


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.

Michel Catalog Mitteleuropa 2021


Target Group:

Stamp collectors specialized in issues of European Alpine countries, experts, dealers, thematic collectors, study groups, teachers

Additional Information:

108th Edition, in colour
834 pages
155 mm x 230 mm, hardcover
On sale: 3 March 2023
Language: German
ISBN: 978-3-95402-452-0

Press Release:

The Michel Catalog Mitteleuropa 2023 (E2) includes the popular collection areas of Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia and Hungary.

Our MICHEL Europe catalogues are indispensable reference works for every committed philatelist. Here, you will find diverse and well-organised information on classic stamps as well as modern curiosities. The issues also reflect current events. Philately can therefore make a valuable contribution to international understanding, especially in these trying times.

The new edition is even more comprehensive and precise than its predecessor. Numerous new MICHEL numbers have been included and many editorial changes and improvements have been made. In the case of Czechoslovakia, two unissued stamps of 1968 come to honour in this edition. As a result of the suppression of the Prague Spring, the prepared issue was (mostly) destroyed. A previous forgery hint on MiNo. 498 turned out to be a genuine variety and so we are now listing it. For the "Hluboká" revolutionary issue we now differentiate between various overprint colours. The set of stamps in colour "b" reaches a four-digit valuation.

In Slovakia we adjusted the values of tariff-coded stamps to the current postage rates. The imperforated varieties of the "Slovak State" are also increasing in price. In addition to such specialities, miniature sheets and souvenir sheets across the collection areas are also among the top gainers.

In the case of Hungary, we point out that the stamps from the era of the People's Republic were withdrawn from circulation. In addition, we continue our listing of the post office's own reprints of sheets of greetings stamps with customisable ornamental tablets. Cross-references between Slovak self-adhesive and wet adhesive stamps with the same motifs provide further orientation for the collector.

This volume contains all new issues of the MICHEL-Rundschau up to and including issue 2/2023. In order not to miss any of the following issues and to stay up to date, we recommend a subscription starting with issue 3/2023 or the MICHEL-Online.

The editors were assisted by numerous helpers from collectors, the examiners' association and the trade, whom we would like to thank for their valuable assistance.

We are wishing our readers a lot of fun with their wonderful hobby and the new Michel Catalog Mitteleuropa 2023 (E2).

Schwaneberger Verlag


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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