ST-PETERSBOURG. 4% Bond of 500 Rbl. green, brown. #30000. No 13845. One of the great Russian railway companies. Founded by the Paris bank Crédit Mobilier (bank of the famous Pereire brothers). Formed to build lines St.Petersburg-Warsaw, Moscow-Nizhny Novgorod, Moscow-Feodosia and Orel-Libava, a total of 4300km. By 1863the first two lines were completed. In 1868 the company took over the management of the Nicolai Railway (Moscow-St.Petersburg). Design by CATENACCI, with marvelous classical-style detail, of (glamourised) views of St.Petersburg and Moscow, forests, industry, and little angles hard at work in fields and factories, and a fine underprint too. Text in Russian on the front, and French and English on the back. This is the 1859 I, 1st issue.
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