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Dutch Archive Finds Stock Share from 1606
The world's oldest known share, the so-called Enkhuizen share, is on display at the Westfries Museum in Hoorn, The Netherlands, 10 September 2010. The share dating back to 09 September 1606 was issued by the Enkhuizen chamber of the sea trading firm Dutch East India Company (Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie or VOC). The document will be exhibited at the museum until 21 November. EPA/KOEN VAN WEEL.
AMSTERDAM (AP).- An archive in the Netherlands has uncovered what it says is the oldest known share of stock in a company.

The West Fries Archive says the share in the Dutch East India Company is dated Sept. 9, 1606. That's more than two weeks before what had been the oldest known share in the corporation, which is held by a group of German investors.

According to a statement on the archive's website Thursday, the share was issued to an official named Pieter Harmenz in Enkhuizen, which then rivaled Amsterdam as one of the nation's most important ports.

The share was found by a college student working on his history thesis, the archive said.

It didn't say how it knows the document is authentic. The share goes on display Friday at the West Frisian Museum.


Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

Stock Share | 1606 | Amsterdam | The West Fries Archive | Dutch East India Company |


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