Memberships or “seats” were first sold by the NYSE in 1868 for $7,000 or about $80,000 today. To learn more about the history of NYSE, visit the Museum of American Finance down the street at 48 Wall. Read more
The seat of American Finance also marks the place where American democracy began. The New York Stock Exchange traces its origins to 1792, when 24 New York City stockbrokers and merchants signed the Buttonwood Agreement.