May 12, 1642

“Rescript” issued by Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III [Archduchy of Austria; Present-day Austria]: “[…] Jews are not permitted to take/charge more than six percent in interests […] any expired/lapsed securities/pledged (‘verfallene Pfänder’) shall be turned over to the authorities. […]”
Engelman, Wilhelm: Das Judentum in Oesterrich und die böhmischen Unruhen (“The Jewry in Austria and the bohemian Unrest”); (Leipzig; 1845); Researched and Translated by Ziba Shadjaani 1/14/2018