A 1913 tax plate from a French slot machine.

German silver, 39mm

Contributions indirectes = indirect tax.

A tax introduced in France by a law of April 8, 1910 and imposed from 1910 to 1934. Control of course was difficult so these plates were designed to be fixed to slot machines by the owner or operator and were renewed each year, therefore an inspector could see at a glance if the tax had been paid. After 1934 these were replaced by a 2% tax on turnover.

Made of German silver until 1915 and then aluminum 1916-1920, from 1920 both brass and aluminum.


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