Result list 4 April 2020

The results of our April 4 sale is now online. Unsold items can be obtained in our aftersale until May 3 (first come, first served). .

Lotnumber: 350
AMSTERDAM. Lottery Bond of Fl.300. black. No 664. Folds. A lottery bond scheme issued by the "Hooge Heerlykheden en Landen van de Groote en Kleine Moeren, en van Moerland". This was a sort of regional polder organization located between Veurne and Duinkerke (at the North Sea, today partly in Belgium and partly in France). Today this region is still known as De Moeren/Les Moëres. In the 16th century it was a big swap where robbers found refuge. The archduches Albrecht and Isabelle decided to drain the grounds and make them available for agriculture. Under impulse of Wenzel Cobergher, the works started in 1619 and finished successfully 7 years later. In the next 2 centuries, local rulers put the region three times back under water as a way to defend themselves (and the city of Duinkerke) against foreign attacks. Each time peace was reached, works started again to drain the land. In 1780, the Dutchman Vandermey raised money to finance the works by issuing lottery bonds of which we offer here a piece. Overall, 750 bonds of 300 Guilders were issued. The holder had the right for an annual 3% interest as well as to take part in a lottery scheme for which 1800 tickets were issued among the investors. The document indicates in large detail the lottery scheme. A very interesting document for the history of West Flanders (especially "De Westhoek") and its struggles with the sea. Rare and interesting piece of history.
Themes: BEFORE 1800
BELGIUM, HUNGARY, NETHERLANDS
Date: 1 November 1780
Quality: VF
Startprice: € 300