The First Stock Certificate Ever Issued Was A Share Of The Dutch East India Company In 1606 | Exploring Markets

The First Stock Certificate Ever Issued Was A Share Of The Dutch East India Company In 1606

Here is the world's first ever stock certificate. It was issued by the Dutch East India Company in 1606.

The Dutch East India Company was the first mega corporation that the world had seen. At its peak, the Dutch East India Company had power, money, and resources. In some instances they were more powerful than many of the countries around the world. They could declare war, negotiate treaties, coin money, and establish colonies.

Here's the certificate: