BRUXELLES. Cert. d'inscription de 4300 Actions de 500 Florins. black. No 16. A truly historical share of the Société Générale de Belgique! The certificate is issued to King Willem I (or Guillaume in French) of the Netherlands and represents no less than 4300 shares each of 500 Dutch Florins. It proves that the Dutch King in 1841 still owned a large number of shares in the Société Générale even after Belgium had gained its independence from the Netherlands ten years earlier. The text on the document explains that before receiving this piece, he had a similar document which stated that he had 8600 shares (as part of a total issued of 25.800). Probably in an attempt to slowly but surely sell his stake in the company after Belgian's independence, he received two certificates each worth 4300 shares which he could sell as he pleased. The piece on offer here was sold by the King four years later to the Société Générale (see transfer on the inside of the 4-page document). The piece is originally signed by Count de Meeûs, the legendary Governor of the Société Générale from 1831 until 1861, by the company's secretary, Greban, a leading industrialist of his time (owning amongst others several Gent textiles companies), and by a director,Delvaux de Saive, an important merchant and shipowner. The signatures are cancelled with black ink. With the strong royal and political connection, this certificate representing 4300 shares in the country's biggest company ever, is almost certainly the most significant piece of Belgian history we have ever been able to offer. Truly a top piece in any collection.
Date: 29 October 1841
Startprice: € 12000