ANTWERPEN. Ticket of 1000 Lots of 10 Florins each. black. No 24001-25000. Small part of upper left corner missing from the lottery ticket. Text in French. Issued to the Compagnie Imperiale who thus had bought 1000 (!) lots. The lot also includes a 4-page document dated 1729 (in Flemish) with the results of a lottery drawing and the prices won. It shows us that 25.000 tickets of 10 Gulden each were sold and that 4500 numbers won something. The top prize was 15.000 Gulden. The first recorded lotteries to offer tickets for sale with prizes in the form of money were held in the Low Countries in the 15th century. Various towns held public lotteries to raise money for town fortifications, and to help the poor. In the 17th and early 18th century, these lotteries were often organized by the government and were hailed as a painless form of taxation.
Themes: BEFORE 1800
Startprice: € 500