VLAANDEREN. 3,5% Bond of 600 Guilders. black. No 72. Rather stained at the corners, but far outside the printed part of the bond. Issued by the States of Flanders (Staten van Vlaanderen), at that moment occupied by the Austrians (Emperor Josef II). Rentes (or state loans) of this general type had been issued since the late Middle Ages, in order to pay the royal taxes, and to pay for public works in the province of Flanders. In comparison, the amount of 6 guldens was the wages for 4 years of an uneducated worker. This bond is for 600 guldens! Paper seal with embossed arms of Flanders. Printed coat-of-arms of Flanders. To the best of our knowledge, this is the only sort of 18th century government paper of what is today Belgium. 4-page document, split in two halves (pages 1+2 and 3+4 separated).
Themes: BEFORE 1800, CITY & STATE BONDS, RELIGIOUS
Date: 8 March 1780
Startprice: € 800