Thursday, February 28, 2019

Check in 1872 to Baron Félix de Blochausen, Luxembourg Prime Minister (1874-1885)

 Baron Félix de Blochausen

Château de Birtrange
(Schieren commune)

Baron de Blochausen
Chateau de Birtrange
Grand Duché de Luxembourg

174.50F Check Negotiated in Belgium

Belgian 10c Tax Imprint

10c Imperforate
Long Effets du Commerce
26 Jun 1872
Berger & Co.

Political Footnote

Baron Blochausen's career as Prime Minister came to an abortive end for insider trading in Luxembourg's own banking meltdown in the 1880s.

Wikipedia's article entitled "Blochausen Ministry" offers this account:

Railway construction, the rise of the steel industry, and possibilities for making money offered favourable conditions to the rise of finance. It was the time for speculation. Baron Blochausen let himself be drawn into this. He had inherited the Banque nationale from his predecessor, which was a Luxembourgish bank of issue, which also granted loans. Critics had made the government aware of the risk of the coexistence of several banks of issue in a small country. The companies of Norbert Metz and the Société Guillaume-Luxembourg, close to the Banque internationale, refused to accept the notes of the competing bank. The Banque nationale soon encountered grave difficulties, and was forced to close its doors on 26 September 1881. The first crash of Luxembourg's financial history shook the public. Several people went as far as burning the notes of the Banque nationale in the Place d'Armes in Luxembourg City. In order to attenuate the social consequences, the government decided to reimburse the holders of the collapsed bank's notes. In order to meet these expenses, the government was forced to take out a loan of three million francs.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Friday, October 19, 2018

Joint Belgium-Luxembourg Tax on Goods ("Statistics") Used in 1940

 5c & 10c
'Belg.-Luxemb. Statist.'
Used 15 Mar 1940 
Esschen, Belgium 


Sunday, October 7, 2018

Luxembourg Courtage Revenues

Back Side


Caisse D'Épargne de L'État 
1 Oct 1957

11F Commission Paid 
with 5F and 6F Courtage Revenues
on the back side

Barefoot (Benelux Revenues, 2nd ed. 2007) lists 10 denominations of the Courtage revenue stamp:  3F, 7F, 8F, 9F, 12F, 16F, 17F, 30F, 40F, and 100F.

In addition, I have seen 1F, 5F, 14F, 50F, 100F, and 200F denominations.  Others may exist.  Research in the government journal is needed to establish a comprehensive list of denominations.

Barefoot also lists a 50F on 16F surcharge of the basic stamp.  I have also seen 40F on 14F and 100F on 17F surcharges.  Surely others must exist.

Last, Barefoot lists six denominations of the basic stamp overprinted 2%: 10F, 30F, 40F, 50F, 100F, and 200F.  I have also seen 3F, 5F, 7F, and 8F denominations with the 2% overprint.  Again, others likely exist.

The underprint on the Courtage revenue reads:  Societe de la Bourse de Luxembourg.

What Luxembourg Courtage stamps do you have in your collection?  Scans are always welcome at .  Thanks!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

High denomination tobacco tax stamp with QR code

28,50 € - 300g
Who is collecting the tobacco stamps denominated in Euros?  Has a listing been published?  
These attractive stamps should be welcomed into our albums!  Send an email to if you can help with scans or information. 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Self-adhesive Dimension stamps now denominated in Euros

2 € Timbre de Dimension

What denominations are available?

Monday, March 27, 2017

High Denomination Tobacco Tax Stamp

Luxembourg BNL Tobacco Tax
(300 grams)

Wow!  A €27.30 tobacco tax stamp.  Certainly must have come from a fine tobacco product.

Who has  a listing of the BeNeLux tobacco stamps with the tax rates?  There are many, although most of mine are denominated for lower amounts.  What does the AO in a triangle at the top symbolize?  Why is there an arrow in a circle next to the weight?  Much yet to learn about these stamps! 

As a life-long non-tobacco user, I'm something of a curiosity at the Luxembourg convenience store tobacco counters.  After buying tobacco products with interesting tobacco stamps, scissors in hand, I just snip off the stamps and hand the products to anybody else at the counter who might like them.  Philately knows no limits, really. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Belgian-Luxembourg All-Digital Cigarette Tax Stamp

Cigarette Tax Stamp with QR Code!


The new Luxembourg-Belgian cigarette tax stamp features a digital QR (Quick Response) Optical Code that contains the following information:

J.T.International Company Netherlands B.V.

At, I notice that this year's Reconnaissance Tax Stamp Forum Program, to be held in Berlin 30 January-01 February, includes a talk by Quentin van den Hove entitled Belgium and Luxembourg's All-Digital Tax Stamp.  

Who has more information on the uses and denominations of the digital tax stamp?

Friday, December 23, 2016

Effets de Commerce - Previously unrecorded 1920 3F 'Square' Surcharge on 1.50F Red Floret Design

Unrecorded 1920s

Effets de Commerce Surcharge


When the tax on commercial bills increased from 5% to 10% circa 1920, existing stocks of the 5%-rated Effets de Commerce stamps were surcharged to reflect the new 10% rate.  Apart from Barefoot's listing in Benelux Revenues [2nd ed.], little is known about the surcharges.  They remain a rich area for further study.


There are two basic surcharge types: 

  • the new value printed directly over the old value, and

  • the old value obliterated by a square or rectangle.

Shown below are both surcharge types for the 3F on 1.50F red 5%-rated Effets de Commerce Floret design.

 3F on 1.50F red 
Floret Design
Old value Obliterated with a Square

Unlisted in Barefoot

 3F on 1.50F red 

Floret Design
New value printed over the old value

Barefoot 141

Barefoot claims that this 1.50F stamp was not issued without surcharge.


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

New Belgium-Luxembourg Licence stamp design recorded

New Design Type


10 Frs B.

'Licenses' below Center Ornament
'Luxemburgsche' at top

I previously reported on four designs of the Joint Belgium-Luxembourg License stamps here.  The design shown above is similar to my Types 1, 2, and 3, but 'Licenses' is below and 'Vergunningen' above the center ornament.  My Types 1, 2, and 3 show 'Licenses' above and 'Vergunningen' below the center ornament.

This design is unlisted in Barefoot's Benelux Revenues [2nd ed.].  Do you have it in your collection?