ST. PETERSBURG. Share of 100 Rbls, specimen. brown, orange, black. Full company name: Company for steamship services on the river Don, the Sea of Azov, the Black Sea, and the waters flowing in them. 2 heavy folds in the borders with two repaired splits. Attractive underprint of a steamboat on the sea. The mouth of theRiver Don, where it flows into the Sea of Azof and then into the Black Sea, has been of great commercial importance since ancient times. The Greeks, Genoese and Turks have all built fortresses there at various times, to protect their trading interests. The general area of these forts is today the city of Rostov-on-Don, very probably the operational headquarters of this company. Rostov is fairly recent, being founded only in 1749, as a customs-house to control trade with Turkey. A fortress was built near the customs-house, and the settlement developed rapidly, being on a crossing-point of various trade routes. In 1756 the Russian Commercial& Trading Company of Constantinople was founded in Rostov. The Don River has always been widely used as a shipping lane for imports and exports to and from south-west Russia and eastern Ukraine, and Rostov has always been the obvious trans-shipment point. This company must have been heavily involved in the different aspects of this trade, both bringing wheat and industrial products by river for export, and distributing imports upriver on the Don and its tributaries, and to the smaller orts of the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea (including those of the Crimea). The company had a capital of 1,6 million roubles divided into 16000 shares of 100 roubles. Possibly unique specimen. Rarity 12.
Startprice: € 2000