Brief History

Share Certificates of the Reserve Bank of India

The Reserve Bank of India was set up as a Share Holders' Bank. The Share Issue of the Bank offered in March, 1935 was the largest share issue in India at the time. The matter was further compounded by the conditions and restrictions imposed under the Act. These conditions related to qualifications of the shareholders, the geographical distribution and allotment of shares (to avoid concentration of shares and to ensure that those holding the shares were fit and proper. To simplify matters, Share Certificate Forms of the different registers were printed in different colours. Despite the intricate and gigantic nature of the task, it was carried out with great 'accuracy and dispatch'.

Share Certificate 1

Share Certificate 2

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