The Netherlands - Bicycle tax plates 1934/1939 - 48 pieces - Brass
Collection of various Bicycle Tax Plates, 48 pieces. Struck at the Royal Mint in Utrecht. The designs are by J. C. Wienecke (who also designed various Dutch coins from that time) and W. C. Rozendaal.
Minister of Finance, Colijn, introduced the bicycle tax. He said to regret such a step, but that it was a necessary one due the woeful condition of the treasury. There were over 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 bicycle plate had to be attached to or near the handlebars. These plates were struck at the Royal Mint and could be purchased at the post office for three Guilders. Initially, part of the money went to the Road Fund, and later on all of it. Due to the large number of bicycle plate thefts, they could also be worn visibly on the left chest from 1933 onward, so that they were not left on the unguarded bicycle when it was parked. The rate was reduced to ƒ2.50 in 1927, when the income from this type of tax exceeded one million. 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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- Year/Period and Variation
- 1934/1939 (48 stuks)
- Precious metal
- Various conditions