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Michel Catalog Südamerika 2023/2024 (ÜK 3/1) – Volume 1 A-J Countries

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The 42nd edition of Michel Catalog Südamerika 2023/2024 (ÜK 3/1) – Volume 1 A-J Countries covers the philately of the nations of the south american continent. South America has a lot to offer for all different philatelic tastes. Besides extraordinary and exotic motifs, the collection areas “A bis J“ provide a rich playground, particularly to all collectors of countries and classic stamps.



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The 42nd edition of Michel Catalog Südamerika 2023/2024 (part 1) covers the philately of the nations of South America as dependencies or independent states. It is a complement to the overseas territories catalogs of other countries like The Netherlands, Great Britain, France, Spain,...

Content Michel Catalog Südamerika 2023/2024 (ÜK 3/1) – Volume 1 A-J Countries

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, French-Guyana (including Inini), Guyana


  •  By featuring the so-called “ABC States“ Argentina, Brazil and Chile, our Michel Catalog Südamerika 2023/2024 Volume 1 catalogues the issues from three of the most popular collection areas overseas.
  • Volume 2 with countries from K to Z is already available as well!
  • The latest news from Ecuador and Bolivia: The postal administrations of both countries have recently been newly established after their privatized predecessors had gone bankrupt; therefore we are now able to complement novelties after two years.
  • Numerous new colour photos throughout this edition depict the stamps even better.
  • New numbers of issue, supplemented sheet formats and additional type variations can be found in many collection areas.
  • Over 17,500 high-resolution colour pictures and approx. 68,000 price quotations
  • All novelties introduced in MICHEL Rundschau up to and including No. 9/2023
South America has a lot to offer for all different philatelic tastes. Besides extraordinary and exotic motifs, the collection areas “A bis J“ provide a rich playground, particularly to all collectors of countries and classic stamps.

The former British Guyana provides a special philatelic challenge in the form of a large variety of overprint stamps, many of which have been spotted quite late. This new edition, for instance, features MiNo. B 7577 after our editorial team discovered it among non-philatelic mail. The search is on!

Collectors that cannot be lured by such challenges may simply enjoy the legendary classic stamps of this collection area featured in the new MICHEL edition. After all, MiNo. 9 being the rarest stamp in the world, the “British Guiana“ which has enjoyed fame that goes far beyond the philatelic community, definitely belongs here. The South American countries have been and always will be the undisputed “El Dorado“ of philately!

Photo: Guyana MiNo. 9

Target Group:

Stamp collectors specialized in issues of Sout American countries from A to J, experts, dealers, thematic collectors, study groups, teachers

Additional Information:

42nd Edition, in colour
1170 pages
155 mm x 230 mm, hardcover
On sale: 1 September 2023
ISBN: 978-3-95402-439-1

Press Release

This Michel Catalog Südamerika 2023/2024 (ÜK 3/1) – Volume 1 A-J Countries contains three of the most popular overseas collection areas by featuring the “ABC States“ (Argentina, Brazil and Chile). These are joined by the issues of Ecuador and Bolivia, which, for no reason, have been receiving less attention. Recently the postal administrations of both countries were newly established after their privatised predecessors had gone bankrupt, thus ending the years without new issues. The youngest stamp issues are already listed in this catalogue.

The catalogue is rounded off by the completed collection area of French-Guyana, where the issues from France have been used for years now. Guyana (formerly British-Guyana) complements this volume by an area that is quite a challenge for collectors, since a flood of overprint issues in combination with great difficulties to obtain information still offers an opportunity for new discoveries: A stamp from 2003 issued on the occasion of the “50 Years of Bahà’i Religion in Guyana”, which we discovered in non-philatelic mail, has now been newly listed. For that reason the issues featured in this volume are not only of interest to collectors of motifs but are also an invitation to start and maintain a collection of countries.

As we do with any new edition of a MICHEL title, we revised and, wherever it was necessary, updated the prices featured in the Michel Catalog Südamerika 2023/2024 (ÜK 3/1) – Volume 1 A-J Countries. In many areas we added and refined descriptions and information in order to make it even more easy to use this catalogue.  Many colour photos, details regarding numbers of issue and sheet formats as well as type variations have been renewed or supplemented. Thus it pays off to take a look not only at novelties but also at old listings.

This edition contains all novelties introduced in MICHEL Rundschau up to and including No. 9/2023. We recommend a subscription to our journal, starting with No. 10/2023, or to MICHEL Online, in order to keep informed and not miss any of the future issues.

The Editorial Team wants to thank all assistants, dealers, examiners and collectors who supported the preparation of this reference book with their help and practical advice, suggestions, price quotations and supplementary information. Only their help made it possible to turn the Michel Catalog Südamerika 2023/2024 (ÜK 3/1) – Volume 1 A-J Countries once again into the most updated reference work of overseas philately.

We hope you will enjoy this catalogue and spend many pleasant hours with your own collection.


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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.

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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.

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”.

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Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guyana


Volume 1 Countries A-J, Volume 2 Countries K-Z, Volume 1&2 Countries A-Z

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