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Saturday, June 04, 2011

Belgo-Luxembourgeoise License Revenues

 

Luxembourg revenue philately – little appreciated by most Luxembourg aficionados – remains a fertile ground for original research and new discoveries.  Like postage stamps,  Luxembourg revenues paid government fees.  They are undeserving of the philatelic discrimination they suffer!  I’ve listed a few at www.luxrevenuephilately.com, but there are many more to be added to that site.

For example, here you see the Belgo-Luxembourgeoise license revenue stamps, which were used jointly by Belgium and Luxembourg to pay import permit charges. 

Type 1

Licenses_5f

5F BELGISCH-LUXEMBURGSCHE

COMMISSIE

Licenses_5f_denom

Denominated ‘Fr-‘

Type 2

Licenses_10f

BELGISCH-LUXEMBURGSCHE

COMMISSIE

Licenses_10f_denom

Denominated ‘Frs B.‘

Type 3

001a

10F BELGISCH-LUXEMBURGSE

COMMISSIE

Denominated ‘Frs B.‘ 

Cancelled:  Office Central des Contingents & Licenses, 17 December 1974.

002

001

003

 

Licenses_20f

20F BELGISCH-LUXEMBURGSE

COMMISSIE

Type 4

Licenses_2.50f Licenses_2.50f_purple

2.50F BELGISCH-LUXEMBURGSCHE
VERREKEMINGSDIENST BRUSSEL
(OBLC logo design)

 

John Barefoot’s Benelux Revenues [2nd ed.], lists only four of the Belgium & Luxembourg License revenues. 

  • My Type 1 5-franc shown here (denominated simply in francs rather than Belgian francs) is unlisted in Barefoot. 
  • My Type 2 10-franc with spelling LUXEMBURGSCHE is the only denomination Barefoot lists with this spelling. 
  • Barefoot lists 5F, 10F and 20F Type 3 denominations with the spelling LUXEMBURGSE
  • My Type 4 design is unlisted.

You can help by sharing your research.  I would like to know:

  • What stamps were issued? When? In what format?
  • Who printed the stamps?
  • What quantities were printed?
  • What were the import license tax rates? 
  • What are the pertinent laws and regulations?
  • On what documents were the stamps used?
  • Why are some denominated in francs; others in Belgian francs?
  • Has the use of licenses revenues been discontinued (if so, when)?
  • What is known about the Commission Belgo-Luxembourgeoise?

You can be the first to do the research and publish your findings, if you like, as a guest blogger on this website!   

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