The German coins as of 1871; i.e. German states, German Reich, emergency currency, German colonies, occupied territories (World War II), Gdansk, German Democratic Republic, Saarland, Federal Republic of Germany. Plus the current EURO coins and the 2- commemorative Euro coins issued by all member states; i.e. Andorra, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, the Vatican, Cyprus.
In numismatics, the material value is always of importance. Increases in the gold price have therefore led to higher appraisals of many gold coins listed in this new edition. Yet the demand in the collectors’ market has also had a dis-tinct influence on the new quotations.
The € 20 gold coin “Uhu” (Eagle Owl), for instance, differs from the other gold coins of the “Heimische Vögel” (Domestic Birds) series neither in its nominal nor in its material value. The appraised value of the coin of 2018, however, is € 700 – considerably higher than that of the other coins of the same series. When it comes to collectors’ items, you should only take the actual market value, which you can find in this new 2021 Coins Germany, at “face value”.
Coin collectors of Germany and Euro-Zone, experts, dealers, thematic collectors, study groups, teachers
Pages: approx. 564
Format: 152 mm x 203 mm, paperback
Publishing House: Schwaneberger Verlag
First Day of Sale: 5 March 2021
This year the 25th edition of the MICHEL Coins Germany is published. Thus we can celebrate a small anniversary. The title has been firmly established as a valuable reference work in these past 25 years. It has a clear layout with colour photos of the front and back of the coins, descriptions of the edge and many technical details, providing an overview of the coins that were in circulation in Germany and German territories since the implementation of coin currency in 1871.
We will probably remember the Year 2020 less for the coins issued during that year than for the Covid 19 Pandemic, which we still had not overcome in early February of 2021. The steps taken to battle the spreading of this disease led to confusion in regards to the 2020 programme of issues, and 2021 won’t be spared either. On the other hand the various lockdowns enabled us collectors to spend more time on our collections than usually.
The tendency of the coin market to pay high prices for coins in above average conditions has continued. This is also reflected in the price quotations listed in this edition. The development of the gold price was also taken into consideration, particularly concerning gold coins. However, besides the increased value based on the material, you will also find price increases that must have been caused by a greater demand – take, for instance, the German 20-Euro coin ”Uhu“ (Eagle Owl) (MiNo. 260) of 2018, whose value has soared in comparison with the other coins of the “Birds” series.
To the extent that the numbers of mintage of Euro currency coins were available, they were complemented, the issues of 2020 included and other information added. The catalogue also contains a preview of the projected German coin issues of 2021 and the programme of issue for 2022, which was specified further by the Federal Ministry of Finance right before the editorial deadline.
We want to express our appreciation to all users of the catalogue for contributing pertinent information to the preparation of this new edition. We are especially grateful to the members of the Berufsverband des Deutschen Münzenfachhandels e.V. (German Coin Trading Association) for their active collaboration and the abundance of information provided by dealers.
Schwaneberger Publishing House
The Editorial Team
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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.
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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