BRUXELLES. Cert. Provisoire de 8 Actions de 500 Fl.black. No 249. Very early provisional share of this very famous Belgian bank, formed in 1822 by King Willem I of the Netherlands, before Belgian independence. The Soc. Générale pour favoriser l'Industrie Nationale was, as its name says, founded to play an important role in the development of the local industry. This at a moment that the British Industrial Revolution was starting to spread on to the Continent in general and southern Belgium in particular. With production evolving from small home businesses to large industrial enterprises, there was a clear need for much more capital than individual entrepreneurs could provide. It was this role that the Soc. Gén. played brilliantly for almost two centuries. In that period, the company has held important participations in many of Belgian's most significant companies, played a major role in the economic exploitation of Belgian Congo, was a considerable force in national politics and founded Belgian's biggest bank, la Banque Générale (now BNP Paribas Fortis). An extremely rare 1837 (fully paid) provisional certificate. Interestingly for a provisional certificate, a stamp indicates that the share was taken out of circulation somewhere between 1850 and 1862. Issued to Hamoir De Reus. Transfer noteson the back. Extremely rare.
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