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QUEEN VICTORIA . BANCO DE LONDRES Y MEXICO $1.000

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Uncancelled Bearer Stock certificate for ten shares of $100 (pesos) each/1,000 Pesos,  totaling $1000 (pesos). Known as the "Queen Victoria". The bank was one of only two Mexican national banks that was chartered to conduct business across state lines and was the second largest in the nation. EXTREMELY RARE - INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICATION

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Country: Mexico Years: May 10, 1905
Uncancelled Bearer Stock certificate for ten shares of $100 (pesos) each/1,000 Pesos,  totaling $1000 (pesos). Known as the "Queen Victoria". The bank was one of only two Mexican national banks that was chartered to conduct business across state lines and was the second largest in the nation. EXTREMELY RARE! PRICE ON REQUEST
Condition: Excellent - with coupons
This bond is extremely historic. Banco de Londres y Mexico was Mexico's first bank and this is the first 1000 peso bond from the bank available in issued form.

Beautifully engraved by the American Bank Note Co. using steel plates, just as its currency of the period, the bond features the legendary vignette of Father Hidalgo praying for a slain Indian lying at his feet, which appears on the bank's banknotes as well. This famed vignette was engraved by George Smillie, the creator of the designs on the U.S. Large Educational Notes!!

A superb revenue stamp appears directly below Father Hidalgo's image!

An eagle perched on a cactus and holding a snake (Mexico's National Emblem) appears near the bottom, as do the signatures of the bank's top three officers. There are coupons attached on the right side and bottom of the bond. Each coupon bears the likeness of Queen Victoria. That is why the "collectible" name for this bond is the Queen Victoria bond!

If you are looking for an investment in beauty, financial history, rarity and tremendous potential "upside" look no further. A one-of-a-kind museum piece.



HISTORY: Mexico’s First Bank: Banco de Londres Y Mexico

Banco de Londres y Mexico has the unique distinction of being the first Mexican bank that came into existence in the 1860s and introduced modern banking practices across Mexico. Englishmen William Newbold and Robert Geddes founded the Banco de Londres, Mexico y Sudamerica in Mexico City in 1864 when the Emperor Maximilian was on the Mexican throne. When Archduke Maximilian of Austria was installed on the throne of Mexico, Mexico’s elected President Benito Juarez was forced to flee to El Paso del Norte (renamed Cuidad Juarez in his honor on September 16, 1888) on the Mexico – United Stated border. One of the first major transactions for the bank was a remittance of 3,000 pesos from London to the account of Benito Juarez for the liberation of Mexico from France. When Benito Juarez returned to Mexico City after the overthrow and execution of Maximilian on June 19, 1867, Banco de Londres received his full support and confidence to introduce modern banking practices.

It was not until 1884 that a major rival bank, the Banco Nacional Mexicano, appeared on the scene by the merger of two banks. By 1886 Banco Nacional Mexicano was the largest bank and it also acquired the assets of a failing bank, Banco Comercial. In 1889 Banco de Londres dropped the “Sudamerica” from its title after it scaled back its operations. In 1904 the bank came under French control with Banque de Paris et des Pays Bas and the Société Financière pour l'Industrie au Mexique.

The Mexican Revolution against the rule of Porfirio Diaz in 1910 caused significant turmoil to Banco de Londres with the bad loans to the insurgent Francisco Madero and his rival Victoriano Huerta. By the time the revolution ended in 1916, Mexican money was worthless. Between 1934 – 1982 the bank was in the hands of private Mexican entrepreneurs.

In 1977 a bank supermarket, Banca Serfin, was created by the merger of Banco de Londres and Financiera Aceptaciones. “Serfin” is an abbreviation for servicios financieros integrados and the institution offers integrated financial services that included savings bank, investment bank, mortgage bank and trust company. In 2000, Serfin became part of Banco Santander Central Hispano, the largest financial institution in Spain with a presence in several Latin American countries. Banco Santander is the third largest bank in Mexico today behind El Banco Nacional de Mexico (Banamex) and BBVA Bancomer.

Shown below are five historical banknotes from the height of the Mexican revolution in denominations of 1 Peso (issued February 14, 1914), 2 Pesos (issued February 14, 1914), 5 Pesos (issued October 1, 1913), 10 Pesos (issued October 1, 1913) and 50 Pesos (issued July 1, 1914).



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QUEEN VICTORIA . BANCO DE LONDRES Y MEXICO $1.000

QUEEN VICTORIA . BANCO DE LONDRES Y MEXICO $1.000

Uncancelled Bearer Stock certificate for ten shares of $100 (pesos) each/1,000 Pesos,  totaling $1000 (pesos). Known as the "Queen Victoria". The bank was one of only two Mexican national banks that was chartered to conduct business across state lines and was the second largest in the nation. EXTREMELY RARE - INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICATION