Shares of Rs.100. black. #12000. No 1243. Folds and pin-holes. Vignette of a beehive. The Great Eastern Hotel, Calcutta, was founded in 1840, and was, until the 1970s, one of India's finest hotels. For a century it was the best accommodation in the city, and the most elegant place for high society, with many royal and VIP guests. Although an Indian company from 1855, it took this name only in 1915, when this share was issued. It has, almost from the beginning, been Indian-owned and -managed. It went into decline in the 1970s and was nationalised by the West Bengal government, but is today again in private ownership.
Date: 24 February 1937
Startprice: € 50