GEND. 4,5% Obligatie van 1000 Gulden. black. No 117. Central fold. Intact paper seal on the back. A bond issued by the Staeten Van Vlaanderen seeking money to finance their uprising (called the 'Brabantse Omwenteling') against the Austrian Emperor Josef II (son of Maria Theresia). The revolution started in May 1789 as a result of the unpopular politics of Josef II (secularisation of schools, reorganisation of courts and the civil service). Under the leadership of the Brussels lawyers Van der Noot and Jan-Frans Vonck, the revolt was at first rather successful but after the death of Josef II in Feb. 1790, the 2 revolutionary leaders developed different views about the future. Leopold II, the new Austrian Emperor, was able to regain full control of the Austrian Netherlands before the end of the year. Signed by Comte Della faille. A highly interesting bond issued during what historians (for instance Henri Pirenne) tend to call the first attempt of the Belgians to gain independence.
Themes: BEFORE 1800, CITY & STATE BONDS
Date: 11 October 1790
Startprice: € 500