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Springer Financial Documents Collection, Imperial India Company (Keijserlijche Indische Compagnie) Stock Certificate
Springer Financial Documents Collection, Imperial India Company (Keijserlijche Indische Compagnie) 
Stock Certificate
TitleSpringer Financial Documents Collection, Imperial India Company (Keijserlijche Indische Compagnie)
Stock Certificate
DescriptionA stock certificate dating from 1723 for shares in the Imperial India Company (also known as the Ostend Company), based in the Austrian Netherlands (modern day Belgium). One of the earliest printed stock certificates ever issued. The Imperial India Company was created soon after Austria gained control of parts of Belgium in 1713. It was intended to compete with the long-established Dutch East India Company for trade with China, India, and the African coast. Although the company was successful (particularly in the China tea trade), Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI suspended it in 1731 in exchange for Dutch recognition of his daughter Maria Theresa as his heir. After receiving this recognition, Austria allowed the company to be rolled into the Dutch East India Company.

This certificate, no. 3734, documents the receipt of 250 gulden, the first payment for a total of 1000 gulden in capital stock, from "The Lady, " widow of Joan Michiel Mainone of Cologne on 17 August 1723. The certificate is signed by four directors of the Imperial Indian Company and shows three further payments in 1723-25.

Printed and handwritten paper document, 7 3/4" x 12 1/2." Includes an engraving of the Habsburg crest. Gift of Don Springer, 2010.
CreatorImperial India Company (Keijserlijche Indische Compagnie)
Typetext
FormatTIFF, 300 ppi
IdentifierMC91
SourceArchives/Special Collections, Norris L Brookens Library, University of Illinois at Springfield
Languagenl
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 Original1723
Physical Description7 3/4" x 12 1/2"
Date Digital2011-3-1
CollectionManuscripts and Special Collections (University of Illinois at Springfield)
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