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Springer Financial Documents Collection, Real Compania de Comercio Establecida en Barcelona
Springer Financial Documents Collection, Real Compania de Comercio Establecida en Barcelona
TitleSpringer Financial Documents Collection, Real Compania de Comercio Establecida en Barcelona
DescriptionCertificate for 250 pesos of stock in the "Real Compania de Comercio Establecida en Barcelona" (Royal Trade Company of Barcelona) issued to Don Pedro Sahavedra Barnuevo of Valencia on 3 July 1758.

The "Real Compania de Comercio" was established in 1755, under royal patronage. It was founded with a capitalization of 1, 000, 000 pesos comprised of 4, 000 shares at 250 pesos each, of which only 1, 785 were purchased by investors. The company was granted a monopoly on trade with Santo Domingo, Puerto Rico and Venezuela's Isla Margarita. Trade with these islands was relatively poor, and the company could not pay dividends to investors until 1771. The company was finally absorbed by the Spanish Royal Trading Company, Filipinas in 1785.

The engraved certificate, in Spanish, is printed on vellum, and signed by directors of the company, with an ornate paper seal at the bottom. The uncolored engraving features a prospect of the city and harbor of Barcelona, with sailing ships. The decorative border includes cherubs, sea monsters, and a trident. The heading includes the seals of Spain and Catalonia, and religious figures, including the Virgin and Christ child, saints, and a pope and friar. On the bottom margin are the names of the artist, Emmanuel Tramullas, and engraver/printer, Ignatius Valls. Gift of Don Springer, 2008.
CreatorRoyal Trade Company of Barcelona
TypeText
FormatTIFF, 300 ppi
IdentifierMC 91
SourceArchives/Special Collections, Norris L Brookens Library, University of Illinois at Springfield
Languagespa
RelationDon Springer Historical Financial Documents Collection, 1717-1967
RightsPublic Domain. This image may be used freely, with attribution, for research, study and educational purposes. For further information or reproductions, please contact: Archives/Special Collections, University of Illinois at Springfield, One University Plaza, MS BRK 140, Springfield IL 62703-5407. Phone: (217) 206-6520. http://www.uis.edu/archives/
Date Original1758
Physical Description11.75" x 15.5"
Date Digital2008-05-14
CollectionManuscripts and Special Collections (University of Illinois at Springfield)
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