Paesi Bassi - Targhe fiscali per biciclette 1933/1939 - 48 pezzi - Ottone

Paesi Bassi - Targhe fiscali per biciclette 1933/1939 - 48 pezzi - Ottone
Paesi Bassi - Inizio XIX secolo

The Netherlands - Bicycle tax plates 1933-1939 - 48 pieces - Brass.

Collection of 48 various bicycle tax plates. Struck at the Rijksmunt in Utrecht. The designs are by J.C. Wienecke (he also designed several Dutch coins from that era) & W.C. Rozendaal.

General info:
Minister of Finance, Mr. Colijn introduced the bicycle tax. He said "to regret such a move, but a necessary one, due the woeful condition of the treasury". There were more than 1.7 million taxable bicycles in the Netherlands at that time. The tax applied to the bicycle and not to the owner. To prove that the tax was paid, a licence disc had to be attached to or near the handlebars. These plates were struck at the Royal Mint and could be purchased from the Post Office for three guilders. Initially, part of the money went to the Road Building Fund, and later on the entire amount was allocated to the fund. Given the volume theft of these bicycle licence discs, as from 1933 it was permitted that the cyclist wore them on the left chest, so that they would not be left on an unguarded bicycle. The tariff was reduced in 1927, when the income from this form of tax rose above one million, to fl. 2.50. During the crisis, the unemployed could get a free bicycle plate with a round hole punched in these plates as a check, as it was not allowed to cycle on Sundays with a free plate.

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Paesi Bassi - Targhe fiscali per biciclette 1933/1939 - 48 pezzi
Periodo stimato
Inizio XIX secolo
Paese d’origine
Paesi Bassi
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