AUSTRIA. WIEN. Actie über 100 Gulden O.W.. black. #20000. No 12127. Two punch-holes. Repaired edge-tears. Coat-of-arms of the Habsburger dynasty (double-headed eagle). Founded 1869 and became part of the steel empire of Karl Wittgenstein (1847-1913). He was the European version of Andrew Carnegie (the two were friends), controlling at the end of the 19th century an effective monopoly on steel and iron resources within the whole Austro-Hungarian empire. By doing so, Wittgenstein acquired one of the largest fortune's in the world. His son, Ludwig Wittgenstein,became one of the world's best known philosphers of the 20th century. In 1881, Wittgenstein incorporated the company's mines and steel works in the newly founded Osterreichisch-Alpine Montanges. The original company however, survived independently as a manufacturer of machinery and steel products until the mid 20th century. A rare and interesting share indeed.
Themes: COALMINES, METAL & ENGINEERING, MINES (no gold, silver, coal)
Date: February 1883
Startprice: € 1200