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The 105th edition of the Michel Catalog Westlicher Balkan 2020 (E6) (Western Balkans) covers in detail the stamps of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia, Kosovo, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, Trieste – Zone B. This edition contains approx. 896 pages, 10'000 high-resolution colour illustrations and over 44'000 quotations.



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Content of Michel Catalog Westlicher Balkan 2020 (E6):

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia, Kosovo, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia.


  • Price reviews and adaptations throughout the whole edition
  • Special issues and type variations, including those for collectors of novelties: In 2019 no less than two faulty issues that were put on the market nevertheless were discovered. The ‘wrong’ versions of a stamp from Bosnia and a sheetlet from North Macedonia will certainly enrich any collection!
  • Newly discovered designers’ signature marks were found on two additional stamps issued by Serbia
  • New hyperlinks to issues that feature the same or similar images make the search for specific stamps easier
  • Clear layout thanks to a new chapter dedicated to the official stamps of Montenegro
  • Numerous other editorial improvements, such as supplemented numbers of issue and periods of use concerning obligatory tax stamps from Yugoslavia
  • Over 10 000 colour pictures and approx. 44 000 price quotations
  • Includes novelties up to MICHEL Rundschau 5/2020

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are provided, as well as information on similar stamps to help avoid possible mix-ups.Issues that were officially withdrawn but nevertheless found their way to the market have always been highly desirable gems for stamp collectors. Today this is truer than ever because such flaws have been rather rare in recent years.

Collectors of issues from Bosnia, however, will discover a brand new specimen from last year in this latest MICHEL reference work: Anyone who is the lucky owner of MiNo. 780, which depicts the Travnik Ruins without the minaret, can jubilate. Unfortunately the issue available to the MICHEL Editorial Team for cataloguing purposes was the “proper” specimen, MiNo. 780 II.

With the assistance of this new MICHEL edition, the search for this and many more special issues is on!

Photo: Bosnia and Herzegovina MiNo. 780 II

Target Group:

Stamp collectors specialized in issues of Western Balkans countries, experts, dealers, thematic collectors, study groups, teachers

Additional Information:

105th Edition, in colour
896 pages
155 mm x 230 mm, hardcover
On sale: 22 May 2020
Language: German
ISBN: 9-783-95402-336-3

Press Release

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 Westlicher Balkan 2020 (E6) continues the new Europe Series by featuring the popular collection areas of Yugoslavia and its successor states of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia. In order to complete the focal point on Yugoslavia, we have also included the issues of Zone B of the territory of Trieste. State-of-the-art layout technology turns the information contained in our Philatelic Data Base (PDB) into a layout that is easy to read.

The whole edition underwent editorial processing. One focal point was the review and updating of price quotations. Generally the cataloguing of the stamps was adapted to the latest state of research, and many of them were updated. Numerous new MICHEL numbers have been included, and many editorial modifications and improvements have been made.

Two novelties issued in 2019 stand out in the sought-after category “flaw on stamp“. Due to the fact that a minaret is missing on a Bosnian issue, it was withdrawn and quickly replaced by a corrected version. The appraised value of a stamp sheetlet from North Macedonia with issues that still bear the country’s former name is an impressive € 500. Two more issues that bear concealed designers’ signature marks in certain field positions were identified in the Serbia collection area.

We have complemented the hyperlinks to issues with the same or similar images throughout the whole edition. Overprints have also been referenced  consistently to their original issues. Regarding the Yugoslavian obligatory tax stamps, we were able to supplement numerous numbers of issue as well as periods of use. So as to make the layout easier to use, we have added an extra chapter in the index of countries that features the official stamps issued by Montenegro.

This volume contains all novelties recorded in MICHEL Rundschau up to and including No. 5/2020. A subscription to MICHEL Rundschau, starting with No. 6/2020, is recommended so as to stay updated and not miss any future issues.

The Editorial Team wants to express its gratitude to all collectors, examiners and dealers whose expertise and active support helped to turn this edition into another successful reference book.

We wish our readers a joyous time with philately and this latest Michel Catalog Westlicher Balkan 2020 (E6).

Schwaneberger Publishing House
The Editorial Team

Michel Catalog Westlicher Balkan 2020 (E6)


Bosnien und Herzegowina, Jugoslawien, Kosovo, Kroatien, Montenegro, Nordmazedonien, Serbien, Slowenien, Triest – Zone B.


  • Preisüberprüfungen und -anpassungen im ganzen Werk
  • Besonderheiten und Abarten auch für Neuheiten-Sammler: Für das Jahr 2019 sind gleich zwei fehlerhafte, aber auf den Markt gelangte Ausgaben bekannt geworden. Eine bosnische Marke und ein nordmazedonischer Kleinbogen bereichern in ihren ‚falschen‘ Versionen wohl jede Sammlung!
  • Neu entdeckte Entwerferzeichen auf zwei weiteren Briefmarken aus Serbien
  • Neue Querverweise auf bildgleiche oder bildähnliche Ausgaben erleichtern die Suche nach bestimmten Marken
  • Übersichtlichere Aufteilung dank neuem Kapitel für Dienstmarken Montenegros
  • Viele weitere redaktionelle Verbesserungen wie ergänzte Auflagezahlen und Verwendungsperioden bei Zwangszuschlagsmarken Jugoslawiens
  • Über 10.000 Farbabbildungen und ca. 44.000 Preisbewertungen
  • Neuheiten bis MICHEL-Rundschau 5/2020


Edition: 105. Aufl., in Farbe
Seiten: 896
Format: 155 mm x 230 mm, Hardcover
Verlag: Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH
Erscheinungsdatum: 22 Mai 2020

Presse Information


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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