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Playing-Card Tax Stamps from the Netherlands

From 1797 to 1806, a tax ace was used for the taxation of playing-cards in the 'Province Holland'.

The Ace of Spades was used for taxation. There were a lot of different designs. The initials in the lower part may possibly be those of the maker.

Afterwards, from 1807 to 1810, two imprints on tax aces were used in the 'Kingdom Holland' of Louis Napoléon.

The maroon imprint was on the Ace of Hearts, and the black imprint on the Ace of Spades.
(scanned by Jean Darquenne)

In the 20th century, the Netherlands used tax stamps on playing-cards from 1920 to 1927, when the taxes were abolished.

This stamp was for packs with more than 32 cards. The text is 'SPEELKAART BELASTING' and the value is 50 Cents. At the lower left is a number indicating the stamp office.


This is the stamp for packs with up to 32 cards, it was similar to the one above, but had an undulated rim, and the value was 25 Cents.

The stamp was on the Ace of Hearts.

© Peter Endebrock, 14 Feb. 2015