Is this an Icelandic Stamp Revenue Cancellation?

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Is this an Icelandic Stamp Revenue Cancellation?

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My Scott catalogue provides separate pricing for stamps such as the one below with revenue cancellations.

Can anyone confirm whether or not Icelandic revenue cancellations look like the cancellations on the stamp below?
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All the ones I’ve seen look like that.

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My one word of Icelandic language is TOLLUR.

I believe it basically means TAX!

Some of the hi cat, high face value stamps from this area are MOSTLY found with that boxed fiscal revenue cancel.

From August 1924 through 30 November 1938, "Tollur" cancellations were used to cancel Iceland postage stamps that were used to pay customs/import duties/taxes. Because the duty amounts collected were often large, Tollur cancellations are more common on high denomination stamps than low denomination stamps.
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The latter high value pair is just $10 retail from member here Jay Smith website.

https://www.jaysmith.com/Lists/Iceland/Iceland-Revenues-Customs-Cancels-Tollur-Page-01.html

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Thanks for the translation and the images of the full cancellation!
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admin wrote:My one word of Icelandic language is TOLLUR.

I believe it basically means TAX!
Toll means Customs, as in much of the rest of Scandinavia, not tax.

If you find any overprinted ORLOF they are Savings Stamps. (Orlof - holiday).

On the 1kr type II (1931) the Tollur cancellation is worth about half the postal one (FAcit).

On the other hand the 1 eyr that Glen shows ( I can't work out which one it is) is either 8x postal (Type I) or 2.5 times postal (type II). The 5kr Tollur cancel is only worth a fifth of the price of a postal use. This is all logical; the lower values would be used for card and letter postage, the higher values for parcel, packet, and fiscal, with fewer of the low values used for Customs purposes.

The 25 aur red (not shown) is listed in Facit as 500 Skr postal and 35 Skr for Customs - only 185,000 were printed so one can imagine that very few were used for postal purposes.
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Re: Is this an Icelandic Stamp Revenue Cancellation?

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John Barefoot has a listing of Icelandic stamps with Tollur cancels on his website:
http://www.jbarefoot.co.uk/pdfs/Iceland-Tollur.pdf
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Re: Is this an Icelandic Stamp Revenue Cancellation?

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You guys are spot on.
Iceland at the time was part of the Danish Kingdom, however they were left pretty much to use their own language, with some Nordic similarities. The Danish word for custom's duty is 'told'.
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