Unique Dutch East India Company (VOC) collection.

Bonds and historical documents


Collection description

The VOC, also known as the Dutch East India Company, was founded in 1602 as the Generale Vereenichde geoctrooieerde Compagnie. It was the first joint-stock company with freely tradable shares at the time and would grow to become the world's first multinational corporation.

This unique collection includes VOC and VOC-related securities and documents. VOC securities are among the rarest in the world, presenting a unique investment opportunity.

The quality of the collection is excellent, with only one document having been restored

This collection can be viewed in Zürich, Switserland.
Price: Upon request.


The Dutch East India Company (VOC) was a Dutch trading company founded in 1602 that played a significant role in the history of world trade. The VOC was one of the first modern multinational corporations and operated in Asia for nearly two centuries.

The establishment of the VOC was the result of a merger of several Dutch trading companies engaged in trade with Asian countries, primarily in the spice trade. The goal of the VOC was to gain a monopoly position in trade with Asia and break the Portuguese dominance in the region.

The VOC undertook various expeditions to Asia, establishing trading posts and colonies in locations such as Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, and South Africa. The company built a powerful trading empire and controlled the trade of spices, textiles, porcelain, and other valuable goods. The VOC engaged not only in trade but also conducted military operations to protect its commercial interests and defeat rival trading companies.


The VOC was also involved in the establishment of several Dutch colonies, including the Cape Colony (present-day South Africa) and the Dutch East Indies (present-day Indonesia). These colonies served as important trading posts, ensuring a constant supply of raw materials and products to the Netherlands.

The VOC was a pioneer in terms of corporate organization and financing. The company introduced, among other things, the issuance of shares, which allowed investors to participate in the profits and risks of trade with Asia. The VOC became one of the first companies in the world to be traded on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

Despite its tremendous successes, the VOC also faced challenges. Conflicts arose with other European powers, particularly England, France, and Portugal, who were also interested in trade with Asia. Additionally, corruption and mismanagement plagued the VOC, ultimately leading to its downfall. In 1799, the VOC was dissolved after declaring bankruptcy. Nonetheless, the VOC had a lasting impact on Dutch history and world trade. Its legacy can still be seen in cultural exchanges between the Netherlands and former colonies, as well as in the economic and political influence of the Netherlands in the modern world.

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This collection can be viewed in Zurich, Switzerland.

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