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Michel Catalog Österreich-Spezial 2023

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The 42nd edition of the Michel Catalog Österreich-Spezial 2023 covers in detail the stamps of Austria including its postal history. This edition contains approx. 784 pages, 7’000 illustrations and over 42’000 quotations, all Austrian novelties recorded in MICHEL Rundschau up to and including No. 11/2022.

Key features: the local issues of the Second Republic (1945) have been completely revised, the card covers K 1 to K 28 have been systematically rearranged.



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Content Michel Catalog Österreich-Spezial 2023

Austria, Lombardy and Veneto, Austrian mail on Crete, Austrian mail in Levant, AustrianHungarian mail in China, Mail of DDSG, Bosnia and Herzegovina (1879–1918), Austrian Hungarian field post, postal stationery, international reply coupons.


  • This MICHEL volume presents particularly detailed expert knowledge on Austrian philately in a clear format.
  • The main focus of the new edition: The local issues of the Second Republic (1945) with many newly incorporated research results and, in the postal stationery, the card covers K 1 to K 28, the new system of which further simplifies the classification.
  • Review and updating of all price appraisals with especially significant increases for the temporary issues, the local issues of the Second Republic and for classic as well as modern varieties.
  • Over 7000 colour photos and approx. 42.000 price appraisals
  • Novelties until MICHEL-Rundschau 11/2022


Austria offers numerous interesting special collection areas. Many years of intensive philatelic research have brought many varieties and other special features to light. While research is still going on, the latest research results are presented in this new MICHEL edition.

But it is not only new finds that are popular on the collector's market. The partly significant increases in the MICHEL price appraisals show impressively that even long known specialities are still in demand and that specialized collections are therefore definitely in vogue.

MiNo. 802 I of 1947, for example, shows one of twelve plate errors known for this stamp and has been in greater demand again within the last two years, resulting in an increase for both, mint valuations in the new MICHEL.

The search for deviations from the norm is and remains one of the most exciting factors in Austrian philately. With the Austria Special, these special issues are now even easier to find.

Photos: Austria MiNo. 802 I and detail

Target Group:

Stamp collectors of Austria, postal history collectors, advanced collectors, varieties collectors, experts, dealers, study groups, teachers

Additional Information

Edition: 42nd Edition, in color.
Pages: 784
Size: 155 mm x 230 mm, hardcover
Publisher: Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH
Publication Date: 2 December 2022
Language: German
ISBN: 978-3-95402-433-9

Press Release

You now have the new Michel Catalog Österreich-Spezial 2023 at your disposal. It contains over 7000 illustrations and well over 42,000 price quotations and thus a wealth of information. For the dedicated Austria collector, it is therefore an indispensable aid for both classic and modern stamps. In this specialised work you will find diverse and clearly arranged advanced information on your favourite collection area.

The local issues of the Second Republic (1945) have been completely revised. New research results now shed light on this somewhat obscure but nevertheless popular field of collecting, which can also be seen in the rising valuations. In the area of postal stationery, the card covers K 1 to K 28 have been systematically rearranged. This now allows a clear classification of the card covers, as they are no longer sorted according to the cardboard colours but can be clearly distinguished on the basis of printing differences. Many price increases, often even very considerable ones, can be found especially in the area of provisional issues as well as in the case of varieties through the decades up to modern times.

This edition contains all Austrian novelties recorded in MICHEL Rundschau up to and including No. 11/2022. We recommend a subscription to our journal starting with No. 12/2022 if you want to stay updated.

The Editorial Team wants to express its gratitude to all those collectors, examiners, an dealers out there who have contributed to the success of the Michel Catalog Österreich-Spezial 2023.

We wish our readers lots of fun when spending time with their collections and working with this
specialized edition.

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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