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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field of numismatics, scripophily is an interesting area of collecting due to both the inherent beauty of some historical documents as well as the interesting historical context of each document.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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Atlantic Richfield Company 100sh Stock Certificate 1970Atlantic Richfield Company 100sh Stock Certificate 1970 $14.62 Charles Laffitte & Co Ltd 1866 Uk / Gb / France -. Bank / Insurance / FinanceCharles Laffitte & Co Ltd 1866 Uk / Gb / France -. Bank / Insurance / Finance $5.95
33 Nevada Mine Stock Certificates Big-Kay Mining Co 1950s Lot- 33 Pieces Ppd-Us!33 Nevada Mine Stock Certificates Big-Kay Mining Co 1950s Lot- 33 Pieces Ppd-Us! $12.50 Sheetrock Joint Compound Ready-Mixed 1 Gl Sand Pack of 4Sheetrock Joint Compound Ready-Mixed 1 Gl Sand Pack of 4 $61.17 List price: $73.40
India 1945 Asiatic Textile Co. Ltd. Bombay Share Certificate @587India 1945 Asiatic Textile Co. Ltd. Bombay Share Certificate @587 $15.00 Rare! Lot 4 Lung Tsing U Hai 1920/21Rare! Lot 4 Lung Tsing U Hai 1920/21 $285.00
Washer/O Ring 5/8" 4Pk By Gardena Mfrpartno 31128Washer/O Ring 5/8" 4Pk By Gardena Mfrpartno 31128 $7.00 List price: $8.75 Steven Copper Mining Company 1913 Delaware CorporationSteven Copper Mining Company 1913 Delaware Corporation $9.95
1921 Chinese Government Bond Lung Tsing U Hai De 500 Francs with Coupons1921 Chinese Government Bond Lung Tsing U Hai De 500 Francs with Coupons $199.00 India 1941 Western Bengal Company Ltd Share Certificate @586India 1941 Western Bengal Company Ltd Share Certificate @586 $15.00
Duct Tape,1.88"X60yd Green by Cantech Industries, Inc., 3PkDuct Tape,1.88"X60yd Green by Cantech Industries, Inc., 3Pk $28.38 List price: $36.03 China 1955 Construction Loan Bond $1 $2 $5 $10 4 pieces Real stuffChina 1955 Construction Loan Bond $1 $2 $5 $10 4 pieces Real stuff $24.99
Nyasaland: Trans-Zambesia Railway Co. Ltd., 25 shares of £1, 1920Nyasaland: Trans-Zambesia Railway Co. Ltd., 25 shares of £1, 1920 $68.00 India 1947 Calcutta Gas Co Ltd Share Certificate (Corner Damage) @592India 1947 Calcutta Gas Co Ltd Share Certificate (Corner Damage) @592 $15.00
Spanish Antique Share from 1928 - Spanish Company of Rif MinesSpanish Antique Share from 1928 - Spanish Company of Rif Mines $7.00 Russia Tramways de Koursk Certificate 100 franc share Brussels 1895 with CouponsRussia Tramways de Koursk Certificate 100 franc share Brussels 1895 with Coupons $59.95
Panuco Oil And Tansport Company 1921 Stock Certificates 2 Total Original VintagePanuco Oil And Tansport Company 1921 Stock Certificates 2 Total Original Vintage $15.00 Kaiser-Frazer Stock Certificate BlueKaiser-Frazer Stock Certificate Blue $5.79
1896 Acacia Gold Mining Company Stock Certificate Cripple Creek1896 Acacia Gold Mining Company Stock Certificate Cripple Creek $12.99 Co-Operative Pure Milk Association of Ohio unissued stock certificate 1950sCo-Operative Pure Milk Association of Ohio unissued stock certificate 1950s $13.59
Bond,Stock,Ten 10 Shares,Bulgaria 1940/Union Of Railroads Cooperatives In SofiaBond,Stock,Ten 10 Shares,Bulgaria 1940/Union Of Railroads Cooperatives In Sofia $55.00 Stock,Share,Bond,Bulgaria ,Railway &Ports Clerks Mutual Saving Banks Union,1940Stock,Share,Bond,Bulgaria ,Railway &Ports Clerks Mutual Saving Banks Union,1940 $55.00
1908 Imperial Chinese Government Peking-Hankow Railway Gold Loan1908 Imperial Chinese Government Peking-Hankow Railway Gold Loan $235.00 Tanganyika Goldfields Ltd., 100 shares of 5/-, 1928Tanganyika Goldfields Ltd., 100 shares of 5/-, 1928 $25.00
Stock,Bond,Share Certificate,Bulgaria,Sofi a Draymen Mutual Aid Fund,1915Stock,Bond,Share Certificate,Bulgaria,Sofi a Draymen Mutual Aid Fund,1915 $24.00 1922 Chinese Government Bond Railway Equipment £20 with 15 Coupons1922 Chinese Government Bond Railway Equipment £20 with 15 Coupons $199.00
Realty Finance Corporation Michigan - Stock Certificate 1926Realty Finance Corporation Michigan - Stock Certificate 1926 $20.00 Vintage 1912 Chinese Republic 8% Bond 1925 Lung-Tsing-U-Hai Railway c/w CouponsVintage 1912 Chinese Republic 8% Bond 1925 Lung-Tsing-U-Hai Railway c/w Coupons $185.00
Farmers Alliance Exchange of Texas 1888 Stock Collins CountyFarmers Alliance Exchange of Texas 1888 Stock Collins County $40.00 Sheetrock All Purpose Joint Compound Ready-Mixed 1 Qt Pack of 6Sheetrock All Purpose Joint Compound Ready-Mixed 1 Qt Pack of 6 $42.37 List price: $50.84
Mexico Mexican 1897 Banco San Luis Potosi 100 $ (See details and pictures)Mexico Mexican 1897 Banco San Luis Potosi 100 $ (See details and pictures) $750.00 Russia 1885 Trains Eisenbahn Chemin De Fer Share Certificate(G11333)Russia 1885 Trains Eisenbahn Chemin De Fer Share Certificate(G11333) $6.00
Bolivia 1968 Republic $100 W/ Coupons Bond ScripBolivia 1968 Republic $100 W/ Coupons Bond Scrip $39.00 Ferrocarril Mexicano del Centro Sa Monterrey dd 1910 - $ 100 - Mexico RailwaysFerrocarril Mexicano del Centro Sa Monterrey dd 1910 - $ 100 - Mexico Railways $10.62 Was: $12.50
Texas Motor Car Association Stock 1918Texas Motor Car Association Stock 1918 $9.99 China 1958 Construction Loan Bond $1 Real stuffChina 1958 Construction Loan Bond $1 Real stuff $4.99
Russia Ukraine Shipyard Nicolaieff Nikolajew Mykolajiw Black Sea War BattleshipRussia Ukraine Shipyard Nicolaieff Nikolajew Mykolajiw Black Sea War Battleship $12.32 Was: $14.50 Early 100 share stock certificate The Common Fund Co Inc 1869Early 100 share stock certificate The Common Fund Co Inc 1869 $49.50
Rod Sewer 1/2X1/16X40' By Autowind Mfrpartno 95040Rod Sewer 1/2X1/16X40' By Autowind Mfrpartno 95040 $38.48 List price: $48.10 Eau Claire Electric Cooperative Wisconsin stock Membership Certificate 1958Eau Claire Electric Cooperative Wisconsin stock Membership Certificate 1958 $23.00
China 1955 Construction Loan Bond $1 $2 2 pieces Real stuffChina 1955 Construction Loan Bond $1 $2 2 pieces Real stuff $4.99 Vintage 1953 $1000 German Government International Loan of 1930 Bond CertificateVintage 1953 $1000 German Government International Loan of 1930 Bond Certificate $34.95
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Communications, Scripophily
Industrial, Scripophily
Mining, Scripophily
Mixed Lots, Scripophily
Oil & Gas, Scripophily
Other, Scripophily
Railroad, Scripophily
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