The bond was one of the most important instruments to underpin this type of business. The bond, enshrining the contract between borrower and banker, was a valuable document: its holders were entitled to present attached coupons at prescribed intervals to receive interest on their investment, and present the bond itself for return of the principal on maturity.
The Rothschild Archive has significant holdings which document the Rothschild banks' involvement in bond issues. These include contracts, correspondence, ledgers recording purchases of bonds and the accounts for their repayment; and the prospectuses, scrip and bonds themselves.
The Archive has digitised all surviving prospectuses and most bond certificates for loans issued by the London house; these are now available in the Digital Gallery of the Rothschild Bonds microsite. A Rothschild Research Forum account is required to access this site. Apply for membership of the Rothschild Research Forum here.