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.
|They rise and rise and rise: The bulls’ heads are not only among the most famous and expensive issues of Southeastern Europe but all of Europe. One extraordinary aspect is the consistency with which the prices of Romanian stamps have been climbing, specially in the last years.
The four bulls’ heads were valid postage stamps for only a few months in the Year of 1858 and are therefore extremely rare. They were sought after by philatelists from the start, and the MICHEL appraisals that have resulted over the years make for an exciting observation. After a rather sluggish development between the 1970s and 1990s, the early issues from Moldavia have obviously become very desirable collector’s items since Romania became a member of the E.U. in 2007 (see: MICHEL Rarities. Stamps You Should Know, 2nd Edition, 2023).
The Editorial Team again had to raise the appraisals of MiNo. 3 and No. 4 significantly in this year’s new edition of the MICHEL Southeast Europe. Particularly the rarest bull’s head with a postage value of 81 para, which has a current value of € 52.000 for cancelled specimens, is undoubtedly one of the most expensive European issues there are.
Illustration: Romania MiNo. 1
Stamp collectors specialized in issues of Moldavia, Romania countries, experts, dealers, thematic collectors, study groups, teachers
108th Edition, in colour
155 mm x 230 mm, hardcover
On sale: 2 June 2023
The Michel Catalog Südosteuropa 2023 (E8) focuses on the popular collection areas of Romania and Moldavia.
Our MICHEL Europe catalogues are reference works no committed philatelists can do without. Here you will find versatile and clearly arranged information about classic stamps as well as con-temporary curiosities. The occasions for issues mirror current events. Philately can thus provide a valuable contribution to international understanding, specially in these difficult times.
You will find editorial improvements throughout the catalogue. Friends of type variations should not wait to take a good look at Romania. We discovered 31 new type variations for the period of 1879 to 1993, which include rare partial perforations as well as plate flaws. Besides inexpensive stamps for collectors of motifs, Romania has many costly collector’s items. To protect collectors from financial losses, we have added pertinent information regarding forgeries in our footnotes.
Another focal point was the revision and updating of price quotations. The consistent interest collectors have shown in stamps from Moldavia ensures stable price levels. The Romanian postal system has issued a wealth of different stamps. Since our last edition we have recorded over 200 new MICHEL numbers. In combination with the pertinent prices for sets, small sheets and blocks this has led to more than 800 new appraisals. Collectors of novelties can rejoice here. In the collection area of classic stamps we are able to report even higher values for bull’s head stamps.
This edition contains all novelties listed in MICHEL Rundschau up to and including No. 5/2023. We recommend a subscription to our journal starting with No. 6/2023 or MICHEL Online so as to stay informed and not miss any subsequent stamps.
The Editorial Team was supported by numerous assistants from the community of collectors, examiners and dealers. We want to thank all of them for their valuable help.
We hope our readers will enjoy many pleasant hours with their wonderful hobby and the new Michel Catalog Südosteuropa 2023 (E8).
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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