ANDALUCIA. SEVILLA. Accion. black. No 1358. Fully intact paper-seal (rare for these pieces!). Trimmed borders. Printed on vellum. The Sevilla shares are the finest of the superb 18th century trading company shares of Spain. The company was formed in 1747, with rights to trade with all of Spanish America, except Caracas and Havana, and to develop the textile industry of Castile. After almost 40 years of activity, corruption and poor trading-practices brought the company to an end in the 1780s. The piece is one of the greatest classics of scripophily. The very complex design shows the city and port of Seville, under the protection of San Fernando, on one side. Opposite is Neptune and a fine ship. Above, in medallions, are San José, the Virgin of Carmel and San Isidoro. There is so much else - see photo. Rarity 6.
Themes: BEFORE 1800, HSTM INDEX, IMPORT/EXPORT TRADE, TEXTILE
Date: 23 August 1748
Startprice: € 4000