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Falschungserschwerende Schrift

Karlgeorg Hoefer designed Fälschungserschwerende Schrift (or FE Schrift) in 1978, motivated in this manner: Following a spike in automobile thefts through the early 1970s---many of which involved tampering with stolen tag numbers to elude police detection---the German government commissioned a new license plate typeface. It was December 1977, and Germany was still raw from a recent rash of hijackings, murders and suicides associated with the Red Army Faction.

Hoefer's typeface can be viewed here and here, in a wonderful article by Benjamin Tiven on Hoefer's FE Schrift, with all its odd asymmetries to render license plate forgeries difficult. After a four year testing period, FE Schrift was rejected, only to be resurrected in 1994 thanks to a directive by the EU to use nationally distinct license tags.

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