MANCHUKUO. Cert. of 10 Shares. brown, green, black. Text in Japanese, as issued in Manchuria (Northeast China) which was invaded by Japan in 1931 and remained a Japanese puppet state until 1945. Decorative border with large vignette of a part of the Great Wall of China. The wall is a series of 8852 km stone and earthen fortifications in northern China, built and maintained between the 5th century BC and the 16 century to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire. Although it is popular belief that the Great Wall can be seen from the moon, this is wrong: the maximum width of the wall is 9,1 meters which makes the apparent width of the Great Wall from the moon the same as that of a human hair viewed from 3 km away. Hence it would require spatial resolution 17,000 times better than normal human vision. Unsurprisingly, no lunar astronaut has ever claimed seeing the Great Wall from the moon. Therefore, we claim this piece of scripophily to be a much better and comparably next-to-unique way to look at the Great Wall. Indeed, we believe this is the only scripophily on which we remember seeing a (large) vignette of the Great Wall. On the company itself: founded 1938 with a (gigantic) capital of 350 million Yen to invest in various business ventures, e.g. road building, telecommunication, mining, electricity.
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