BIOGRAPHY: Rudolf Toth

Rudolf Toth was born on 30 March 1918 in Törökbalint, Hungary, which was then still part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He was a student of the engraver Professor Ferdinand Lorber. during his subsequent career as an engraver, which spanned the 1940s to 1990s, he worked for both the Austrian National Bank and the Austrian State Printer, engraving both banknotes and stamps.

In 1947, he engraved his first stamp: the 12g value of the Prisoner Relief Fund set, entitled 'Letter from Home'. Many collectors consider him to be among the finest engravers in the world, and they especially admire his work done in collaboration with the designer Adalbert Pilch.

For someone who has left behind such a legacy of talented work, it may be surprising that so little is known of Toth. He seems to have been a very private person, and there is hardly any information or photographic material regarding his life to be found. Rudolf Toth passed away on 19 July 2009, and is buried in Vienna, Austria.

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