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Playing-Card Tax Stamps from Hungary

This stamp was in use in Hungary from 1868 to 1880 (in Budapest), and to 1883 in rest of the country.
The number at the bottom is the stamp office number.
(scanned by Christian de Ryck)

 

This stamp was in use in Hungary from 1880 to 1883.
The text is 'M.K.KÁRTYABÉLYEG' ('Royal Hungarian Card Stamp'). The number at the bottom is the stamp office number.

 

This stamp was in use in Hungary from 1883 to 1905 outside Budapest.
The number at the top is the stamp office number, and at the bottom is the value '15 kr.'.
(scanned by Niki Märzweiler)

These stamps were in use in Hungary from 1883 to 1905.
The text is 'n sz.M.K.KÁRTYABÉLYEG', with n = 1 (left example), 2 (right example) or 3.
The value at the bottom is '15' (Fillér, left example), 30 Fillér (right example), or 60 Fillér.
(right stamp scanned by Niki Märzweiler)

 
 

Stamps like the four above were in use in Hungary from 1906 to 1945.
The text is 'M.K.KÁRTYABÉLYEG'. The values were in Fillér ('f', 1906 - 1920 and 1927 - 1932), in Kronen ('K', 1920 - 1926), or in Pengó ('P', 1932 - 1945).
The 3000K stamp shown was in use 1925/1926, the 40f stamp from 1927 to 1931, the 1P stamp from 1932 to 1943, and the 5P stamp from 1943 to 1945.
More detailed information on the different values and their dates can be found in a separate table.
These stamps were always in two colours, but the colours changed over time; there were others than those shown.
(left stamp scanned by José Luiz Pagliari, second stamp scanned by Jan Wessels)

 

This stamp was in use for two months in 1946.
The text is 'KÁRTYABÉLYEG', and the value is '3 Ft' (Forint).

 

This stamp was in use 1948 to 1950.
The text is 'ELLENÖRZÉS' (Control).
Note that this stamp was on the Ace of Clubs, the red heart sign is part of the stamp!.

 
The stamp was normally on the Ace of Hearts for French-suited cards, on the Seven of Bells for double-figured German-suited cards, and on the Eight of Bells for single-figured German-suited cards.

Similar to the regulations in Austria, adhesive bands were used in Hungary to seal the packs.

The left band was in use in Hungary in 1886.
The value is 15 Krajczár.

The band in the middle was in use in 1904.
The value is 60 Fillér.

The right band was in use in 1926.
The value is 40 Fillér.

The band on the left was in use in Hungary in 1946, and it had an additional sticker atop. Note that this is only the central part of the band, it is much longer. You can also see part of the wrapper with a stamp.
The sticker is shown on the right of the band.


© Peter Endebrock, 26 Nov. 2014