1882. San Francisco. Stock certificate for 73 shares. Black. Large top center engraved vignette of a wharf with ships and people loading supplies. Left border engraved portrait vignette of Henry Meiggs. HENRY MEIGGS. (1811-1877), Henry Meiggs was one of the biggest "hustlers" in San Francisco during the early '50's, a pioneer promoter of his day. He didn't overlook anything, and like most men of his day and generation made his word good. He went into the business of providing transport for the gold miners and quickly succeeded in accumulating a fortune, which he lost even more quickly than he had acquired it. In 1855 he fled from California one step ahead of his angry creditors and eventually settled in Chile. Star punch cancelled and very fine.
1759, Spain. Certificate number 1399. Attached ornate embossed parper seal. Wonderfully engraved multi-vignette certificate depicting royalty, religious and allegorical figures. An outstanding harbor view of Barcelona with numerous sailing ships and buildings. Printed on Vellum. 16" x 12". This company was established in 1755 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. It was immediately granted a virtual monopoly on trade with Santo Domingo, Puerto Rico and Venezuela (Margarita Island). Numerous slaves were brought to the Islands the company was trading with to foster the development of agriculture and thus a better trade. Following trade concessions allowing trade with Buenos Aires, dividends were finally paid to investors in 1771. A lack of growth capital led to the company being taken over by the Filipinas Company in 1785, the most important of the Spanish overseas trading companies. In Excellent condition with nice, full margins. Mounting traces on verso. With the Sevilla share, one of the finest and most attractive large format certificates in the field of scripophily.