VOC / East Indies Company bond redemption bill for 1000 gulden, approx. 1790
NETHERLANDS VOC Aflossing-billet. black. No 19494. Document of right to participate in a the Netherlands East Indies VOC lottery. Obligations of a certain issue were exchanged for these documents, and the holders then had their chance of capital repayment if drawn in a lottery, instead of receiving regular payments. Probably issued towards the end of the company, late 18th century. The company went bankrupt and was formally dissolved in 1800, the possessions and the debt being taken over by the government of the Dutch Batavian Republic. The VOC's territories became the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia). For two centuries, the VOC was the world's most powerful company, possessing quasi-governmental powers, including coin money, establish colonies and go to war. During the tulip mania (1637), it was the most valuable company in world history with a market capitalisation of 78 million Dutch Guilders or an estimated $7.4 trillion in 2012 dollars. Ca.1790
Serial number 19494
Paper with a fold. VF+ quality.
Size 192 X 160 mm.
Date: approx. 1790