Top 10 historical objects



To protect checks against fraudulent alterations, banks used to use check writers, right up to the 1980s. These made the numerical value of bills and checks visible (by stamp) and palpable (through perforation).

King William I

Koning Willem I

Bronze bust of King William I, the founder of the ABN AMRO predecessor the Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij. This bust was created by Arend Odé in 1924 on the occasion of the centenary celebration of the Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij.

Commemorative plaque

Herdenking WO II

This memorial plaque of inlaid wood with a poem by Adriaan Roland Holst serves to commemorate the employees who gave their lives in World War II in The Netherlands and the Dutch East-Indies. Architect Cornelis Elffers and sculptress Nel Klaassen made the large teak wooden plaque for Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij in 1950.

Memorial statue


ABN AMRO forerunner the Amsterdamsche Bank commissioned Paul Grégoire to make a statue commemorating the more than one hundred employees of the bank who did not survive World War II. It was created for the central hall of the Amsterdam main office, which was located on Rembrandtsquare at the time and is now standing in the current ABN AMRO main office in the Zuidas business district in Amsterdam.

Royal share

Koninklijk aandeel

Since the days when the bank was called the Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij, ABN AMRO has had strong ties to the Dutch royal family, financial and otherwise. One fine example of this relationship is the 1,000-guilder share in the Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij owned by Queen Wilhelmina.

Photography pioneer

Erich Solomon Fotopionier

Erich Salomon, pioneer of Dutch society photography, frequently did work for the Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij in the 1930s. He photographed the future prince consort Bernhard during his internship in the offices of this ABN predecessor in 1936.

Special penny banks


These ball- and cup-shaped penny banks, sometimes also made in the shape of a sitting puppy, served a purely decorative function in the eighteenth century. It was impossible to open these Delft blue ceramic pots without smashing them, so they were never actually used for saving pennies.

Street signs


Nowadays we have neon signs, but years ago you could always tell a bank by its copper, marble, or brass street sign. This series shows the names of various predecessors and illustrates the range of mergers and takeovers that have taken place in the Netherlands and internationally. It also gives us a good idea of ABN AMRO's enormous geographical scope around the world.

Portraits gallery


A selection from the collection of portraits, either painted or cast in bronze, of the leading figures of ABN AMRO and its predecessors. Usually a portrait would be made of a director, partner, president or commissioner upon their departure from the bank. This commission would be carried out by leading artists such as Jan Veth, Arend Odé or Jan Sluijters.

Ticker tape


In the 1930s ticker tape replaced the system of writing exchange rates by hand on a chalkboard. The use of ticker tape allowed banks, commissioners, hotels, clubs and private parties to follow the exchange rates almost as closely as we do today in real time online.



The Nederlandsche Maatschappij voor de Walvischvaart, a Dutch whaling company, was founded after World War II to help satisfy the high demand for fat within the impoverished population of the Netherlands. The participants in this company included a number of ABN AMRO’s predecessors. One of them, the Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij, was presented with this engraved tooth of a sperm whale in commemoration of the first whaling expedition in 1947.