The 106th edition of the Michel Catalog Westlicher Balkan 2021 (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. 928 pages, 10'400 high-resolution colour illustrations and over 45'000 quotations.
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia, Kosovo, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia.
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Issues that were officially withdrawn but nevertheless found their way to the market have always been highly desirable gems for stamp collectors.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
Stamp collectors specialized in issues of Western Balkans countries, experts, dealers, thematic collectors, study groups, teachers
106th Edition, in colour
155 mm x 230 mm, hardcover
On sale: 7 May 2021
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|Dimensions||15 × 23 × 3.2 cm|
Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, Trieste, Yugoslavia
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