LONDON/AMSTERDAM. Cert. for inscribed stock/annuities. black. Large format, with folds and several edge-spits outside the printed part of the certificate. The Bank of England was founded in 1694, on the inspiration of King William III (following the example of his native Holland), primarily to raise money for theKing in his war against France. For 100 years it has been the sole Bank of Issue of currency in England. It was nationalised after World War II. This piece is in Dutch, but issued in London (with an embossed English tax-stamp) by a public notary (PieterHendrik Hoogenbergh), at the request of Dutch merchants living in London (Kops &Cousmakers), to confirm the holding of £1000 Shares in the consolidated capital of 3% Bank Annuities in the name of the Dutch widow Mrs. Anna Maria Koekebakker. The piecewas surely not negotiable or transferable, but a confirmation of a holding. Yet, inscribed receipts seem to have been the only sort of paper issued by the Bank of England to its shareholders because ownership was registered in central registers. Scripophily of the Bank of England is extremely rare.
Themes: BANK & FINANCE, BEFORE 1800
BELGIUM, GREAT BRITAIN, NETHERLANDS
Date: 28 August 1801
Startprice: € 500