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The 103rd edition of the Michel catalog Südwesteuropa 2018 (EK2) covers in detail the stamps of Andorra, France, Gibraltar, Monaco, Portugal, Azores, Madeira and Spain. This edition contains approx. 1'568 pages, 17'800 illustrations and over 82'000 quotations.

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Content of Michel Catalog Südwesteuropa 2018 (EK 2):

Andorra (French), Andorra (Spanish), France, Gibraltar, Monaco, Portugal, Spain


  • Hardcover Edition with ribbon bookmark
  • Focal point France: Complete revision and alignment of the descriptions of phosphorescent stamps
  • Strong price movements in many areas from Gibraltar to Monaco to Spain
  • Price adjustments even for Spanish issues from the 1980s
  • New type variations confirmed: Monaco and Portugal
  • Additional information, for instance about French sheet formats and numbers of issues of old Portuguese stamps
  • Many new coloured illustrations depicting classic stamps from the Azores and Madeira
  • 17 800 images and 82 000 price quotations
  • With all stamps published up to MiR 4/2018

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.The new MICHEL Catalog Südwesteuropa 2018 (EK2) again boasts many new details not found in the last edition. Particularly the new colour photos of classic stamps from the 19th Century stand out, adding to the illustrations of the popular collection areas featured in this volume.

To give an example: As early as 1894, an anniversary – as it is common today – was celebrated philatelically on the Portuguese Azores: the 500th Birthday of Henry the Seafarer. This famous prince, whose ships also discovered the Azores at the beginning of the 15th Century, can be marveled at in colour in this new edition.

Image: Portugal Azoren MiNo. 64

Target Group:

Stamp collectors specialized in issues of Southwestern European countries, experts, dealers, thematic collectors, study groups, teachers

Additional Information:

103rd edition, in colour
Total of 1568 pages
155 mm x 203 mm
Hardcover with bookmarker
On sale: 3 May 2018
Language: German
ISBN: 9-783-95402-272-4

Press Release

The Michel Catalog Südwesteuropa 2018 (EK 2) contains several very popular collection areas. France and Monaco, Spain and Portugal enjoy top places on the scale of German philatelists’ preferences. And you may add Andorra with its two postal administrations and the British territory of Gibraltar. Friends of classic philately will find a rich field when spending time with the stamps of the 19th and early 20th Centuries. The issues of all of these countries are a true treasure chest for collectors of motifs. Practically every popular stamp theme and motif is represented comprehensively.

The listing of phosphorescent stamps was one focal point processed by the Editorial Team. UV-reactive substances mixed into or printed on the paper are required in France, Portugal and Spain in order to be able to correctly sort out the mail. The description of these stamps was re-arranged and harmonized.

As always, all price quotations were checked and updated. Type variations issued by Gibraltar and Monaco showed the greatest fluctuations. In this area a series of new discoveries could also be recorded for the first time.

46 new stamp images were added to the classic issues from the Azores and Madeira alone. The new edition of this reference book is therefore even more comprehensive and precise than its predecessor.

Numerous new MICHEL numbers were listed; furthermore many editorial changes and improvements were added. As the Portuguese postal service reports, issues of several years were again taken off the market. Regarding France, a large number of sheet formats of classic engraved-recess printed issues could be added. Generally the listing of the issues were adapted to the latest state of research and updated in many areas.

This edition contains all new issues recorded up to and including No. 4/2018 of MICHEL Rundschau. We recommend the subscription to MICHEL RUNDSCHAU, starting with No. 5/2018, so as not to miss out on any of the later issues.

We have enjoyed the support of many helpers from the group of collectors, the Experts’ Association and the trade, whom we want to thank for their valuable cooperation.

We hope our readers have a wonderful time with philately in general and this new Michel Catalog Südwesteuropa 2018 (EK 2) in particular.

Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH

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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Michel Catalog Südwesteuropa 2018 (EK2)


Andorra (franz.), Andorra (span.), Frankreich, Gibraltar, Monaco, Portugal, Spanien.


  • Bearbeitungsschwerpunkt Frankreich: Vollständige Neubearbeitung und Harmonisierung der Beschreibungen phosphoreszierender Marken
  • Starke Preisbewegungen bei vielen Gebieten von Gibraltar über Monaco bis hin zu Spanien
  • Preisanpassungen auch bei spanischen Marken aus den 1980er Jahren
  • Neue Abarten bestätigt: Monaco und Portugal
  • Zusatzinformationen u.a. zu französischen Bogenformaten und zu Auflagenzahlen alt-portugiesischer Marken
  • Viele neue Farbabbildungen zu klassischen Marken von Azoren und Madeira
  • Rund 17 800 Abbildungen und 82 000 Preisnotierungen
  • Neuheiten-Katalogisierung bis MiR 4/2018


Edition: 103. Aufl., in Farbe
Seiten: 1568
Format: 155 mm x 230 mm, Hardcover
Verlag: Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH
Erscheinungsdatum: 3 Mai 2018
ISBN: 9783954022724Der neue MICHEL Südwesteuropa hat gegenüber seiner Vorauflage wieder viel Neues zu bieten. Besonders stechen dabei die neuen Farbabbildungen klassischer Marken aus dem 19. Jahrhundert heraus, die die beliebten Sammelgebiete dieses Bandes zusätzlich illustrieren.

So wurde auf den portugiesischen Azoren bereits 1894 ein Jubiläum - wie bis heute üblich - philatelistisch begangen: Der 500. Geburtstag Heinrichs des Seefahrers. Der berühmte Regent, dessen Schiffe zu Beginn des 15. Jahrhunderts auch die Azoren entdeckt hatten, ist in der Neuausgabe in Farbe zu sehen.

Abbildung: Portugal Azoren MiNr. 64

Presse Information

Der MICHEL Catalog Südwesteuropa 2018 umfasst einige sehr beliebte Sammelgebiete. Frankreich und Monaco, Spanien und Portugal stehen in der Gunst der deutschen Philatelisten weit oben. Hinzu kommen Andorra mit seinen beiden Postverwaltungen und das britische Gebiet Gibraltar. Die Freunde der klassischen Philatelie finden ein reiches Betätigungsfeld bei der Beschäftigung insbesondere mit den Briefmarken des 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhunderts. Für Motivsammler bilden die Ausgaben aller dieser Länder eine wahre Fundgrube. Praktisch alle beliebten Briefmarkenthemen und -motive sind bestens vertreten.

Ein Schwerpunkt der redaktionellen Bearbeitung lag bei der Katalogisierung phosphoreszierender Marken. Dem Papier beigemischte oder aufgedruckte UV-reaktive Substanzen sind bei Frankreich, Portugal und Spanien für die korrekte automatisierte Postsortierung unerlässlich. Die Beschreibung dieser Marken wurde neugefasst und harmonisiert.

Wie immer erfolgte eine Überprüfung und Aktualisierung der Preisnotierungen. Die größten Bewegungen ergaben sich bei Abarten von Gibraltar und Monaco. Hier konnten auch eine Reihe von Neuentdeckungen erstmals erfasst werden.

Allein bei den klassischen Ausgaben von Azoren und Madeira kamen 46 neue Markenabbildungen hinzu. Die Neuausgabe dieses Nachschlagewerkes ist somit noch umfangreicher und präziser als der Vorgänger.

Zahlreiche neue MICHEL-Nummern wurden aufgenommen und darüber hinaus viele redaktionelle Veränderungen und Verbesserungen eingefügt. Wie das portugiesische Postunternehmen meldet, wurden wieder einige Markenjahrgänge außer Kurs gesetzt. Bei Frankreich konnten zahlreiche Bogenformate klassischer Stichtiefdruckmarken nachgetragen werden. Generell wurden die Erfassungen der Marken dem neuesten Stand der Forschung angeglichen und an vielen Stellen aktualisiert.

Im vorliegenden Band sind alle bis einschließlich Heft 4/2018 der MICHEL-Rundschau erfassten Neuheiten enthalten. Um keine der nachfolgenden Ausgaben zu verpassen und aktuell zu bleiben, empfiehlt sich ein Abonnement der MICHEL-Rundschau ab Heft 5/2018.

Der Redaktion standen zahlreiche Helfer aus Sammlerschaft, Prüferbund und Handel zur Seite, denen wir für ihre wertvolle Mitarbeit danken.

Unseren Lesern wünschen wir viel Freude bei der Beschäftigung mit der Philatelie und dem neuen MICHEL Catalog Südwesteuropa 2018.

Weight 2.2 kg
Dimensions 15.5 × 23 × 3.5 cm





Philately, Postal History, Stamps


Andorra, Azores, France, Gibraltar, Madeira, Monaco, Portugal, Spain




ca. 1568

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