Andorra (French), France, Monaco.
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.
Due to its artful new issues, “La Poste“ has many fans not only in France – and by now they have a wealth of stamps they can collect. In the latest volume of “Western Europe”, 260 new MICHEL Numbers have been added for France alone!
While the range of themes is very versatile, the traditional French motifs are periodically adapted as well. The longest permanent series that depicts the allegory of Marianne, the national personification of the French Revolution, was launched directly after the end of the Second World War. Between that issue, MiNo. 695, and the currently latest issue of November 2019, MiNo. 7494, this symbolic figurehead of France has changed in appearance many times. The current design by Yseult Digan was selected by President Emmanuel Macron in 2018.
Photo: France MiNo. 695 and MiNo. 7494
You can find fans of French stamps all over the world. Despite the – at least for European standards – extraordinary number of issues, which makes a subscription unaffordable for many collectors, specially new issues are extremely popular. The reason is simple and obvious: French issues have extraordinarily attractive motifs.
The Valentine stamp, issued in 1985, may also be love at second – if not first – sight: If the postage value printed in purple-ultramarine as depicted here is invisible, it is most likely a specimen of the newly registered MiNo. 2483 F, which has a current appraised value of € 10,000. Whether love at first or second sight: collectors of Western European collection areas are sure to find new favourite issues in this new MICHEL edition.
Stamp collectors specialized in issues of the Western Europe, France, Monaco, Andorra, experts, dealers, thematic collectors, study groups, teachers
106th Edition, in colour
155 mm x 230 mm, hardcover
On sale: 16 April 2021
Last year presented the human race with enormous challenges. Philatelists, who have been able to pursue their hobby in the safe environment of their homes, can consider themselves to be lucky. The selected stamps on the title / cover documents the perspective of various postal administrations on the Corona pandemic.
The Michel Catalog Westeuropa 2021 (E3) is Volume 3 of the Europe series, which consists of a total of sixteen volumes. It contains the popular collection areas of France and Monaco as well as the issues of the French postal system in Andorra.
This new edition is even more voluminous and precise than its predecessor. France alone boasts 340 new MICHEL numbers – a stunning record for a year of European novelties. Moreover we have added plenty of editorial changes and improvements. 56 new colour photos featuring issues in the collection areas of classic stamps and French mail abroad make it easier for collectors to identify their specific issues. At the same time, the cataloguing of these issues was adapted to the latest MICHEL standards. The category of supplemental postage stamps for packages from 1999 is a new addition.
While revising the contents, one focal point was the verification and updating of price quotations. This has shown increased values of stamps from Andorra. We have now included two interesting type variations from France for the first time: one Valentine stamp with an absence of colour as well as an airmail issue with inverted overprint, both of which have a value in the five-digit range.
This edition contains all novelties introduced in MICHEL Rundschau up to and including No. 3/2021. We recommend a subscription starting with No. 4/2021 in order to keep informed about all new issues. Apart from cataloguing all novelties, MICHEL Rundschau provides information about all important aspects of philately.
The Editorial Team greatly appreciates the support of all those collectors, examiners and dealers out there who contributed a lot of information, many photos and documents on prices to this edition of our reference book.
We hope our readers will have a wonderful time with this new Michel Catalog Westeuropa 2021 (E3) and their collections.
Schwaneberger Publishing House
The Editorial Team
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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