Result list 16 October 2021

The results of our October 16 sale are now online. Unsold items can be obtained in our aftersale until Nov 14 (first come, first served). .

Lotnumber: 622
BERLIN. Interims-Scheinüber 1 Aktie von 1000 M. light green, black. #4000. No 2295. Allianz was founded in Berlin in 1890 by Carl von Thieme and Wilhelm von Finck (co-owner of the Merck, Finck& Co bank). A few years later, they opened their first foreign office in London. In 1922, Arminia, an important Munich insurer, merged into Allianz. Over the years, Allianz acquired many other German insurance companies. In 1949, the company headquarters moved from Berlin to Munich. Today, Allianz is the world's 12th-largest financial services group. What we offer here is a large format provisional certificate from its foundation. It was originally issued to one of the founders, the Merck, Fink & Co. bank. On the back, the share is first transferred to Dr Heinrich Merck (July 1890) who keeps this share until 1909 (so in practice it is much more than a provisional share!). Most interestingly, he then sells it to Dr Max Planck, as can be seen on the second transfer notes. Planck (1858-1947) is, as we all learnt, one of the most important scientists the world has ever seen. He won theNobel Prize in Physics in 1918 for his role as originator of the quantum theory. Together with Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, it constitutes the fundamental theory of 20th-century physics. In 1885, at age 27, he was already a professor at the University of Kiel. Four years later, he moved to the University of Berlin. Planck had an important influence on the 21-year younger Einstein, who offered Einstein a professorship (1914) in Berlin where Planck had become dean. The two were close friends, sharing the same passion for music and Planck's Berlin house. Planck was also the first scientist to accept Einstein's work on relativity. The major influence Planck had on Einstein should, however, not let us forget that he himself was a scientist of the utmost importance. His legacy lives on today in the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science, a publicly funded association of some 80 German research institutes of which he was the first president and which is generally regarded as the foremost basic research organization in Europe (having produced 32 Nobel Prize winners).
PLANCK, Max (issued to)
Date: 5 February 1890
Quality: VF-EF
Startprice: € 5000