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.
Volume 8 of the new Europe series features no more than two collection areas – but they are packed with philatelic gems!
The four “ox heads“ from Moldavia are some of the rarest and most sought-after stamps in the world. One of them, MiNo. 3 with the postage value of 81 para, has always been the rarest of the lot and was therefore the most expensive one in the history of the ox heads – for a long time. Last year, however, MiNo. 1, which has a postage value of 27 para, surpassed it due to several impressive auction sales: € 55,000 is the staggering new value of a hinged specimen in mint condition.
The many price changes, which literally started with MiNo. 1 and have continued until now, once again show in this MICHEL Southeast Europe that Rumania is an exceptional country when it comes to philately.
Photo: Rumania MiNo. 1
Stamp collectors specialized in issues of Moldavia, Romania countries, experts, dealers, thematic collectors, study groups, teachers
105th Edition, in colour
155 mm x 230 mm, hardcover
On sale: 5 June 2020
For MICHEL, the new decade has started with a small revolution. For 14 years we catalogued the issues of the European states in 7 volumes. Yet the growing number of pages and the price increases for the volumes have made it necessary to re-structure them. By splitting the series into 16 individual volumes, we can now provide our readers with reference books that better suit their interests as collectors for a considerably lower price.
The Michel Catalog Südosteuropa 2020 (E8) is the continuation of the new Europe series, featuring the popular collection areas of Rumania and Moldavia. These two Rumanian-speaking countries are once again united in one volume. By means of our state-of-the-art layout technology the information contained in our Philatelic Database (PDB) is turned into an easy-to-read layout.
The whole edition underwent editorial processing. The review and updating of price quotations was one editorial focal point. Generally the cataloguing of the issues was adapted to the latest state of research and lots of details were updated. Numerous new MICHEL numbers were added and many editorial modifications and improvements included.
We are able to report ten newly discovered perforation variations and four plate flaws among the stamps from Rumania. Printing ink missing in parts has led to seven new Moldavian type variations. We have complemented the hyperlinks to issues with the same or similar images throughout this edition. Overprints are also cross-referenced to their original issues.
The price fluctuations cover the period of the ox heads to the presence, showing a distinct accumulation for the 1920s and 1930s. Several contemporary specialties, such as gutter or tête-bêche pairs as well as watermark variations of the 1990s, are among the winners, too. Postage and obligatory tax stamps listed in the index also register considerable price increases.
This edition contains all novelties presented in MICHEL Rundschau up to and including No. 6/2020. A subscription to MICHEL Rundschau, starting with No. 7/2020, is recommended so as to stay informed and avoid missing any future issue.
The Editorial Team greatly appreciates the support of all collectors, examiners and dealers whose contributions and advice have made this successful reference book possible.
We wish our readers many enjoyable hours with philately and this new Michel Catalog Südosteuropa 2020 (E8).
Schwaneberger Publishing House
The Editorial Team
Edition: 105. Aufl., in Farbe
Format: 155 mm x 230 mm, Hardcover
Verlag: Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH
Erscheinungsdatum: 5 Juni 2020
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.
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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