Activities Permissible for a National Bank, Cumulative

As a natural consequence of the issue of all this paper the coin was rapidly leaving the kingdom; this circumstance alarmed the managers of the bank; and as the circulation of banknotes had now become immense, the effects of a run were regarded with great apprehension. To prevent the likelihood of a run, or to guard against its consequences, successive edicts were issued in January, February and March, 1720, making the notes a legal tender in payment of rents, customs and taxes; restricting payments in specie to small sums; and prohibiting any individual or company to have in possession at any time, more than 500 livres in coin, under.

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