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Scripophily

Scripophily is the study and collection of stocks and bonds. A specialized field of numismatics, scripophily is an interesting area of collecting due to both the inherent beauty of some historical documents as well as the interesting historical context of each document. more...

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Some stock certificates are excellent examples of engraving. Occasionally, an old stock document will be found that still has value as a stock in a successor company.

History

Scripophily, the collecting of canceled old stocks and bonds, gained recognition as a hobby around 1970. The word "scripophily" was coined by combining words from English and Greek. The word "scrip" represents an ownership right and the word "philos" means to love. Today there are thousands of collectors worldwide (Scripophilists or Scripophiliacs) in search of scarce, rare, and popular stocks and bonds. Collectors who come from a variety of businesses enjoy this as a hobby, although there are many who also consider scripophily a good investment. In fact, over the past several years, the hobby has exploded in popularity.

Many collectors like the historical significance of certificates. Dot com companies and scandals have been particularly popular. Others prefer the beauty of older stocks and bonds that were printed in various colors with fancy artwork and ornate engraving.

Many autograph collectors are found in this field, looking for signed certificates from John D. Rockefeller of Standard Oil Company, Henry Carey of the Franklin Fire Insurance Company, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Atari Corporation, Eddie Rickenbacker as president of Eastern Air Lines, George W. Bush's great-grandfather Samuel Prescott Bush, Broadband.com, Tucker Corporation and many others.

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1965 Phelps Dodge Corporation Stock Certificate 100 Shares Franklin Mint1965 Phelps Dodge Corporation Stock Certificate 100 Shares Franklin Mint $7.95 Rare Germany 500 Deutsche Mark Thomas Cook Specimen Travellers Cheque # 17Rare Germany 500 Deutsche Mark Thomas Cook Specimen Travellers Cheque # 17 $39.99
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Vtg 1969 General Foods Corporation Stock Certificate 100 Shares Franklin MintVtg 1969 General Foods Corporation Stock Certificate 100 Shares Franklin Mint $7.95 Rare India Jind State 5 Rupees Post Office National Savings Certificate Free S/HRare India Jind State 5 Rupees Post Office National Savings Certificate Free S/H $24.99
Vintage 1967 American Sugar Company Stock Certificate 100 Common SharesVintage 1967 American Sugar Company Stock Certificate 100 Common Shares $4.95 Rare State Bank Of India Travellers Cheque Elephant Specimen 100 RupeesRare State Bank Of India Travellers Cheque Elephant Specimen 100 Rupees $19.99
50 Stock Certificates Plus Special Bonus - Great Wholesale or Collectors Lot!50 Stock Certificates Plus Special Bonus - Great Wholesale or Collectors Lot! $22.95 1927 Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St.Louis Bond1927 Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St.Louis Bond $21.99
Very Rare India The State Bank Of Datia 4 Cheque 1943 Free Shipping Lot # 3Very Rare India The State Bank Of Datia 4 Cheque 1943 Free Shipping Lot # 3 $199.99 Fuqua Industries Duke business school founder J. B. Fuqua stock certificateFuqua Industries Duke business school founder J. B. Fuqua stock certificate $14.99
Rare Japan Tokyo Dai Ichi Kangyo Bank Ltd Travellers Cheque Us $ 10 Free S/H #23Rare Japan Tokyo Dai Ichi Kangyo Bank Ltd Travellers Cheque Us $ 10 Free S/H #23 $49.99 Rare United Bank Of India Gift Cheque Specimen 25 Rupees Free Shipping # 18Rare United Bank Of India Gift Cheque Specimen 25 Rupees Free Shipping # 18 $49.99
Vintage 1966 Abacus Fund, Inc Stock Certificate 100 Shares Franklin MintVintage 1966 Abacus Fund, Inc Stock Certificate 100 Shares Franklin Mint $7.95 3 x Soc. Metallurgique Russo - Belge 250 Rouble St. Petersbourg 1897 uncancelled3 x Soc. Metallurgique Russo - Belge 250 Rouble St. Petersbourg 1897 uncancelled $9.90
1879 State Controller'S Warrant Carson City, Nevada1879 State Controller'S Warrant Carson City, Nevada $22.00 India Post Office 5 Year Cash Certificate Rupees 1000 500 100 & 10 # S 4India Post Office 5 Year Cash Certificate Rupees 1000 500 100 & 10 # S 4 $65.99
1949 Lehigh Valley Railroad Company Bond w/coupon bonds1949 Lehigh Valley Railroad Company Bond w/coupon bonds $12.99 Rare India 1000 Rupees Post Office 5 Year Cash Certificate Free Shipping # 15Rare India 1000 Rupees Post Office 5 Year Cash Certificate Free Shipping # 15 $19.99
Pittsburgh Lake Erie Railroad Company cancelled stock certificatePittsburgh Lake Erie Railroad Company cancelled stock certificate $9.99 Halifax Tonopah Mining Company 1941 Utah stock certificateHalifax Tonopah Mining Company 1941 Utah stock certificate $39.99
Copper Belt Mining Company 1919 Utah stock certificateCopper Belt Mining Company 1919 Utah stock certificate $34.99 Thiokol Chemical Corporation Stock CertificateThiokol Chemical Corporation Stock Certificate $1.99
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Communications, Scripophily
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Mining, Scripophily
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Other, Scripophily
Railroad, Scripophily
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