PARIS. Titre de Jouissance. green, black. No 43383. Central fold, brown spots on several places and small edge-splits. Bottom border trimmed due to coupon cutting. Lovely design by Catenacchi of the canal with Cairo mosques, also temple, sphinx, ram, etc. This Suez certificate gave the holder the right to receive dividends on the shares held by the Egyptian government. Ferdinand de Lesseps founded in 1858 the Compagnie Universelle du Canal Maritime de Suez, with French and British capital, and later also Egyptian. Work began in 1859, and the canal was opened to shipping in 1869. Ever since, it is together with the Panama Canal arguable the most important man-built canal in the world. This type, a profit share, is extremely rare. Even more importantly, and unlike the two other pieces we know of, it is personally signed by "V. de Lesseps", thus Vicomte/viscount de Lesseps. This is the first time that we see an original autograph of Ferdinand de Lesseps on a piece of scripophily. de Lesseps (1805-1894) started his career as a diplomate (consul in various countries, including Egypt) but gained world fame as the developer of the Suez Canal. At high age, he also attempted to build the Panama Canal, but failed. de Lesseps was also the head of the French delegation who formally presented the Statue of Liberty to the United States.
de LESSEPS, Ferdinand
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