The world of bonds and shares is about to be redefined!

Spink and Son’s May 29, 2015 auction of Bonds and Share Certificates of the World contains some 800 lots. China usually accounts for at least 10% of the sale but in this auction it accounts for roughly 100 lots including many rare pieces and many quantity lots suitable for dealers and investors. One of the best pieces is Lot 191, a City Government of Greater Shanghai loan of 1934 bond for $5,000 Chinese silver dollars, which is being offered at auction for the first time. This previously unknown large denomination of this rare loan is likely to attract much attention.

City Government of Greater Shanghai loan of 1934 bond for $5,000 Chinese silver dollars
Lot 191, estimated: £3,000–4,000 (US$4,710-$6,280)

The sale also offers a fascinating view into the past, showcasing some very interesting historical documents. Lot 382 is a 1642 receipt of £15 for payment towards ‘Arming maintaining and paying of Souldiers’, a small format printed document with manuscript insertions, issued with interest according to the Parliamentary Ordinance of November 14, 1642. Ordinances were in effect Acts of Parliament but styled in this way because King Charles I would not assent to the bills of a Parliament at war with him. This was issued just months after the start of the Civil War. Charles I was driven out of London and forced to retreat to Oxford where he had to set up an impromptu mint to pay for his troops. Meanwhile, Parliament was able to fund their opposing army in the ordered and democratic system that we know today. At the time, however, a Parliament mobilizing opposing forces would have been considered an act against not only the King, but through his position as head of the Church of England, an act against God as well. The amount of cultural struggle encapsulated within this receipt is staggering.

1642 receipt of £15
Lot 382, estimated: £80-100 ($125.60-$157)

Not to be outshone, Europe also offers a classic piece of world history: Lot 348, a Compania General de Comercio de los Cinco Gremios Mayores certificate for one share from 1773. It is printed in black on vellum, with beautiful vignettes of the Madonna of the Rosary and St. Francis of Assisi, and is hand-signed by Joseph Martin de Layseca, among others. The five major guilds of Madrid were to become one of the most important business groups in the Spanish Empire, conducting general trading business but also banking and insurance, much of it for the state. They even helped significantly with financing the Imperial and Royal Canals for the city. However, by the late 1780s it had been weakened by heavy competition with the Banco de San Carlos and the decline of the Treasury caused by the Napoleonic Wars. This lot is one of the rarest documents of 18th-century Spanish trading companies and in excellent condition.

Compania General de Comercio de los Cinco Gremios Mayores certificate for one share, 1773
Lot 348, estimated: £3,500-4,000 ($5,495-$6,280)

Switching gears somewhat, the sale also contains a 1904 Mercedes Company, Ltd. bearer certificate for five shares of £1. The certificate shows a vignette of a Mercedes racing car with text in English and French. A rare piece that is sure to get all motor fans interested and excited!

Lot 456, estimated: £350-400 ($549.50-$628)

For more information please call Mike Veissid at +44 (0)20 7563 4075 or [email protected].

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