Taking Stock of Scripophily

October 15th, 2008

Gary Rose talks about the hobby of scripophily, or collecting antique and vintage stock and bond certificates. Based in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, Gary can be reached through his site, Certificate Collector, which is a member of our Hall of Fame.

I got interested in stock certificates by happenstance, really. I collected stamps at one point, and sold my collection to put a down payment on the house. I tried to get back into stamp collecting by going to an auction a year or two later, and ended up not buying any stamps. But at the end of the auction, I bought some stocks just because I hadn’t bought anything. I found them interesting and started picking up more and more pieces, and the next thing I knew I was collecting pretty heavily.

Milford and UxBirdge Railroad Stock. Issued in 1909. #392. Perhaps unique in this early variety where the car travels right.

Milford and UxBirdge Railroad Stock. Issued in 1909. #392. Perhaps unique in this early variety where the car travels right.

There’s not really much of a tie-in between stock certificates and stamps except from the standpoint of engraving. Typically stock certificates are more aligned with banknote collectors, who in turn are tied in with coin collectors. Scripophily, which is the term for stock certificate collecting, loosely translates to the love of paper.

I’ve been collecting for about 15 years now, and I focus mostly on New England material. You have to focus on an area. Some people focus on an industry. I collect all industries, though I really like the old mill stocks. But there’s only so many of those to go around. When I say mill stocks I mean from the turn of the century, the earlier mills from the Industrial Revolution. Being here in the Blackstone Valley, it’s the cradle of the whole mill experience in America. So there’s some good material.

I’m also very large into railroad, mining, and banking stocks. I even have a stage-coach certificate I’m really fond of. But people collect just about anything – guns, machines. I’ll collect anything as long as it’s 19th century or earlier. I find it all interesting in terms of the economic history of the New England area. The railroads and the mills played a big part, but New England was also a major banking center. And in turn, the banking center funded a lot of mining efforts and so forth, even in other parts of the country. So there’s some really good stuff from the financial side.

Collectors Weekly: What are some of the well-known names you’ve collected stocks from?

Rose: There are some pieces every collector has to have. I have a Standard Oil Trust piece signed by Rockefeller. But for the most part, I’m not as interested in the big-name companies as much as the smaller players. I prefer the Blackstone Canal stock certificate because it’s local and had such an important economic effect on the area.

First National Bank of Danvers. Stock. Issued in 1900. #866.

First National Bank of Danvers. Stock. Issued in 1900. #866.

One of the interesting things about stock certificates is that they’re highly cross-collected by people who also collect other things. I have friends who model railroads, and they all want stock certificates to hang on their wall that match the railroad they’re modeling.

People who collect guns want to collect stock certificates from the Old West gun manufacturers. People who are into mining will collect anything from mines in a certain area including the stock certificates from those mines. People interested in Hollywood and movie stars are always looking for certificates that were either issued to or signed by famous actors or actresses. I know at least three or four people who have stock certificates from early plumbing companies that show early toilets on the certificate as a vignette. These people have that certificate framed in their bathrooms. They don’t collect stock certificates, it’s just a coordinating piece with the bathroom.

Collectors Weekly: Do the stock certificates themselves differ from region to region?

Rose: Mostly by industry. In New England, you can find some mining stocks that actually mined in New England, but it’s not that common. But if you collect Nevada or California or Arizona or Colorado, there were lots of mining locations from those areas. Railroads are pretty much common throughout the country, but banking was more centralized in the bigger cities like New York and Boston.

International Cotton Mills. Stock. Issued in 1922. #5430.

International Cotton Mills. Stock. Issued in 1922. #5430.

I do also have a fascination for the engravers’ art, which probably comes from my stamp collecting background. I’ll collect any piece that’s really aesthetically pleasing, whether it be engraved or lithographed, regardless of where it comes from, it has great aesthetics. A lot of the older certificates will often show detailed engraving. They have a really nice image – what we call a vignette – of the product that the company makes. I’m very attracted to those certificates as well.

There were artists doing the engraving, and some collectors look for very specific work done by certain people. There were a couple of major companies that did the work, like the American Bank Note Company. In the Boston area, there are various printers that turn up a lot and some certainly did better work than others. One was a company called Goes. They produced a lot of stock certificates, some very plain and ordinary, and some highly decorative.

“Scripophily, the term for stock certificate collecting, loosely translates to the love of paper.”

The vignette is the most interesting part of a stock certificate, and will usually be an image of some sort, anything from an allegorical figure to the company’s product. Sometimes a portrait of the company’s founder. It’s generally that image you see in the upper center portion of most stock certificates. On the railroads there will usually be a train of some sort. The more unique the image, the more valuable the piece and of course the more aesthetically pleasing. In Massachusetts, because it was more conservative, a lot of stocks are not as ornate as stocks from other regions, but there are exceptions.

The vignettes came from different places. The printers often had pre-printed forms with a vignette already on it. So a company could just print their own name onto it. Other companies were really trying to use the stock as a sales tool for shares in the company, and would invest more and have the printer design a custom vignette. Those were the two extremes. In between, most 19th-century certificates were basically semi-custom forms. You chose a vignette from a catalog, and they printed the certificates for you with your company’s name on them.

Collectors Weekly: Where do you usually find stock certificates?

Rose: It’s changed over time. When I started, I had a lot of success finding them at paper shows, even some stamp and coin shows, but mostly paper shows. There were a number of dealers around who had a few shows a year and one very large show every January in Pennsylvania. I’ve picked up a lot of what I have through that show. And then the Internet came and eBay. In the early days, it wasn’t dealers selling online, but people with just 10 items were putting them out there. Now it’s mostly dealers so it’s not the bargains I used to get.

Fortunately a lot of stock certificates survived in really good shape, because people tended to keep them vaulted in safes for long periods of time, or they got archived. A hundred years ago, if you had a share of stock and sold it, you would turn it in. That certificate would make its way back to the company and very often they would literally be glued back into the book it was originally printed in (and torn out of when it was issued to you). The company would essentially file them away and put them in a company archive. And every once in a while, still today, there’s a discovery of a new archive that hits the market.

LeBoeuf Fountain Pen Company, Inc.   Famous Springfield pen producer founded in 1921. Stock. Issued in 1929. #43262.

LeBoeuf Fountain Pen Company, Inc. Famous Springfield pen producer founded in 1921. Stock. Issued in 1929. #43262.

The most valuable certificates, though, are ones that don’t come out of archives because when they come out of an archive, by definition, there’s a lot of them. The more valuable certificates would be the ones that were never cancelled, never turned in, the company went out of business, the archives got burned or destroyed, and there are only a few certificates that were kept in somebody’s bottom drawer for a hundred years.

Stock certificates are a little different from banknotes or coins or stamps in this respect. There may only have been 10 printed of a given certificate, but it doesn’t mean they’re worth anything because they may not be great to look at or from an industry that anybody cares about. They’re not signed by somebody important. The fact that it’s rare really doesn’t help the value that much. But if a piece is collectible for another reason, and there are 10 or 15 or even less, it can be worth extreme amounts of money. Down in Pennsylvania at an auction I saw a Standard Oil Company certificate sell for, I believe, $127,000. The most I’ve ever paid has been closer to $2,800.

If you have a stock certificate signed by Rockefeller or Morgan, it’s worth money. Or Ford Motor Company signed by Henry Ford. It doesn’t matter how good looking it is or isn’t. That’s the first component for value. The second is the aesthetics, combined with the condition. If it’s in bad condition, it doesn’t really matter how good looking it is. If you can’t display it, it’s just not as interesting.

Collectors Weekly: What eras are popular with collectors?

Rose: The older the better was pretty much true up until the dot-com crash in 2001. That event oddly enough created a whole new genre of collectors who started collecting dot com stock certificates. I don’t follow that end of it much. Some people go after the real early stocks, the stocks that dealt with the early founding of the country, 18th century and very early 19th century. The majority of collectors really come into play from the 1830s to the 1880s, and that’s mostly because that’s when you had the real build-out of the Industrial Revolution. When we put the railroads. When the larger mining firms came into being and much of the early infrastructure was put down.

There’s a guy in Boston who has a stock certificate that’s signed I think by Alexander Hamilton when Hamilton established the banking system. But that’s an exception, you really don’t see many until you get into the 1790s and it was the 1800s before they were produced in quantity. I think the earliest one I have is a 1783.

Collectors Weekly: Is the hobby of Scripophily growing at all?

Stevens Arms and Tool Company.   Famous gun maker from Chicopee. Formed in 1864 as "J. Stevens and Company". Renamed in 1886. Stock. Partially Issued in 1909. #36.

Stevens Arms and Tool Company. Famous gun maker from Chicopee. Formed in 1864 as

Rose: It was growing very rapidly up until 2001 or 2002, because so many more people started investing in the stock market in the ‘90s, and gained an interest in how stocks worked, how shares are traded and sold. But the downturn in the economy then slowed it down a little bit. It does seem to still be expanding.

Interestingly it’s a more common hobby in Europe than here, and some of the largest dealers and the biggest collectors are actually in Europe. I think they just got started on with it earlier. There are a lot more certificates to choose from when you talk about European certificates. They have the history of older economies and so forth. And with the weak dollar, the European buyers have been very active out there.

Sports is another area that’s picked up a lot, because there’s so much more interest in sports nowadays, and the growth of these sports teams. There are some very interesting certificates, especially in baseball for various old-time leagues and teams. They’re highly cross collectible.

Collectors Weekly: Are there related ephemera that you also collect?

Rose: There are bonds, and there are receipts. And of course I do collect ephemera when I can around the companies whose stocks I collect. One of my favorite pieces, though not a very expensive piece, is a Milford and Uxbridge railroad stock certificate. It was a little trolley railroad that ran from the town I live in to one that was three towns away. I have that stock certificate, so I’ll look for other things related to that company. A sales brochure or flyer, for example, that dates from the same time as the stock.

Collectors Weekly: Any advice for somebody just starting out with collecting stock certificates?

Rose: One of the most important things is to be able to quickly distinguish a valuable stock certificate from just a very ordinary one. A lot of the places you might find stock certificates, the people selling them don’t necessarily always know much about them, and so often their pricing is very wrong, either very high or very low. And so it’s crucial to understand what to look for, what makes a piece collectible versus just ordinary.

Stock. Issued in 1960. #4434. The vignette is the colorful mascot of the Patriots that was used from 1960-1992, affectionately called Pat Patriot.

Stock. Issued in 1960. #4434. The vignette is the colorful mascot of the Patriots that was used from 1960-1992, affectionately called Pat Patriot.

There’s some good publications out there. Just search Amazon for scripophily and you’ll find most of them quickly. Keith Hollander wrote the first book on scripophily, and it’s very popular, a good place to start. There are also a couple of organizations worth talking to and joining. One is called WHACO, which stands for the Washington Historical Autograph and Certificate Organization. They have pages where you can find all the major dealers and available shows. And by joining, you have access to a database they have of auction results going back decades

Collectors Weekly: How does scripophily compare with collecting stamps?

Rose: I find it significantly different. Stocks are much more interesting historically. Just about every stock in my collection, I’ve researched the company. A single stock can actually keep me busy for days. You try and research the company and see when it existed. Did they make anything important, was there anything special about them? They’re almost artifacts of history, more so than stamps. With stamps, it was like that’s a wonderful engraving and it’s rare.

The other difference is that it’s easier to share a stock certificate. If you have a great-looking stock certificate, even if it’s inexpensive, you can frame it, put it on a wall and it makes a very good work of art. Stamps, just by the nature of their size, don’t.

(All images in this article courtesy Gary Rose of Certificate Collector)

60 comments so far

  1. Joanne Shuey Says:

    I have some very old Common Stock Certificates of M.W. Savage Factories Incorporated that were issued in 1912 and some very old Capital Stock Certificates of the Section Seven Oil Company that were issued in 1902 and 1903. Are these worth any value?

    Thank you.

  2. brenda Says:

    I have two old stock certificates from 1908 and 1909 from ELECTRIC HAMMER & BELL MANUFACTURING COMPANY.

    First, how do I know if the 1100 shares have value and,

    Second, if the stock has been paid, are the certificates worth anything?

    Thank you.

    Brenda

  3. Maureen Says:

    My mother has some very old stock certificates from the M. W. Savage Factories, Inc., dated 1913; The Crawford Milling and Power Company, dated 1921; The Crawford Oil and Gas Producing Company, dated 1930; The North Fork Co-Operative Creamery Co.; dated 1916. Can you tell me if they are worth anything. I am aware the M.W. Savage Factories, Inc. is still in business. I would appreciate any information you can provide.

  4. Andrew Summers Says:

    I’m looking for a ford motor car company stock share for a gift for my father who retired from Ford of Germany last week – I am looking to frame it and present it as a gift…

    Where can I at least view to purchase?

    Columbus, Ohio USA

    Kind Regards

    AS

  5. Chuck Fistr Says:

    I have 3 Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company common stock certs. They are not cancelled. Dates are 1936, 1944, & 1946. Could you tell me about them. Thank You!

  6. Lynn Humphreys Says:

    Great advice and info for novices! I have a $1,000,000 share (1$/share) capital stock certificate from 1907 for the Red Top Fraction Mining Company (gold) in Nevada, issued in Arizona. I’ve had no luck Googling the name. Any suggestions for more specific research? I’m not a collector (or at least, not yet), so I don’t want to spend a lot of time on general info. It came down through my family at least two generations, though our family names are not on it. One of my ancestors may have acquired it as a curiosity after the shares were sold. I do know that my grandfather, who came to San Francisco as a building contractor after the great quake, was in Nevada around 1907, checking out the silver mines.

  7. Robyn Jennings Says:

    I have inherited old australian shares certificates and am not having any luck finding anyone in australia that could assist me with how to research them and value them.

    Do you know of anyone that my be of help

  8. Cathy Haproff Says:

    I have inherited a great great Aunt’s desk and found a secret hideing compartment with old stock certificates 1905-1930. I can not find anything on the company’s but would like to find the value’s of they. It does not look like any of them have been cashed in so what can you do with them beside hang them on the wall?

  9. Jack Warren Says:

    I have inherited a stock certificate from my grandmother good for ten shares. Issued by the Indiana-Colorado Mining and Milling Company dated 3 rd of February 1908 valued at 1,500,000. Incooperated in Arizona. Is it valuable?

  10. Denise Says:

    I have inherited my Great Grandfathers 2 Capitol Stock Certificates issued in his name from the Goldfield Mining and Ore Reduction Company issued by the State of Nevada 1 is dated July 2 1909 and the other is dated July 16, 1917. Would any one be able to assist in gathering info on these? I am trying to figure out if these are of any value other than sentimental. Thanks
    Denise

  11. lauren Says:

    I have about 70 capital stock certificates that range from the year 1902-1960 and i checked out most of the company names and none of the companies are still running. So, i was looking to sell them to a Stock Certificate Collector to help me pay for school and living. So if anyone would like to view them, please let me know

  12. Frank Runnels Says:

    I have a certificate of shares for Alaska Propane, Gas & Oil Co.,Inc. It states, Incorporated Under The Laws Of Territory of Alaska. issued January 29, 1955. I have not been able to find any information on this Company. Since this was issued when Alaska was still a Territory would this be of much value to a collector?
    Thank You

  13. Selina Says:

    I have lots of old stock certificates For a Brown’s Reward Gold Mines. They are Australian and are from the early 1920’s. I can not find anything on the company’s but would like to find if thay are of value. It does not look like any of them have been cashed in so what can you do with them?

  14. scott Says:

    Hi
    I have some old stock certificates list as follows
    :moose jaw elctric railway company dated sept 5, 1911
    :the neebish mining company dated feb 22, 1878
    :the west kootenay mining company dated jul 7, 1892
    :the bristish american prospecting& dev company dated sept 3, 1897
    : minneapolis.st paul and sault ste marie railway company dated
    aug 14,1914
    : royal gold mines limited dated oct 28, 1899
    : the ontario electric smelting milling and refining company
    dated may 1, 1907
    :detroit united railway dated may 21 ,1925
    :lilly may gold mining co dated oct 16, 1896
    :the ontario gold fields company dated feb 4, 1897
    :morrisburg & ottawa electric railway company dated may 20,1916
    :montreal tramways and power company dated oct 12, 1925
    :the highland mining company dated feb 22, 1878
    : the gold, horseshoe & larder lakes mining co dated jul 7, 1908
    :ottawa taxi and auto company dated aug 22, 1912

  15. Paul Ragano Says:

    Hello my name is Paul Ragano any help you could offer regarding information pertaining to this share certificate would be greatly appreciated.
    I have a certificate for -10- shares, numbered 835 from The Maryland Gold Mining and Development Co., Ltd. It is dated Feb2-1907.

    Thank you
    Paulie

  16. Martha Walker Says:

    well i have been trying for a very long time to find out about a certificate i have and i am hopeing you can either tell me what its worth or tell me what i can do with it so here it is

    No.53 Capital share stock of Oklahoma, Texas oil
    2,000 shares at $1.00 a share purchased in
    March 20,1903

    thank you very much
    Martha

  17. Judy Rife Says:

    I have a capital stock for 133 shares of Monongahela Oil Company dated March 2oth, 1865. It is issued in our family name. I have not been able to find anything on the Monongahela Oil company. Can you give me any information on this stock?

  18. Jim Gatton Says:

    I found some old Capital stocks there are a total of 91 shares. The stock has Gehris Motor Inc out of Pennsylvania dated early 1950s are they worth anything?? I’ve tried researching them no luck. Can someone help me out?? Thanks.

  19. Jannel Brockopp Says:

    My brother was going thou the old family safe. He found an old stock certificate from the Yosemite Oil Company. The number of the Certificate is 501. It is for 100 shares at $1.00 each/
    Territory of Arizona, May 10, 1900.
    Would you have any information. My brother and I could not find any information on this company. Did it go out of business, bankrupted or sold out to another company?
    Your help would be wonderful.
    The President was twt Richards
    The Secretary I think Is Reairs

  20. Tegan Says:

    My husband has a capital stock cert. from 1928 for:
    Capital View Masonic Temple Company. I’ve tried to find some info on it online with no luck. Could you help me with any info or steer me in the right direction? I really appreciate your help and time :)

    Tegan

  21. Karla Winter Says:

    I was going throuhg my sisters storage locker and found 2 M.W. Savage Factories, Inc. stock certificates dated March 22, 1913. These were purchased by my Grandfather when he was 10 yrs. old. My Aunt asked me to go online to see if there was any information to tell us if these were authentic and if there is any cash value to them.

  22. Scott Evans Says:

    Do you have any information on a 1903 Reading, Pennsylvania issued stock certificate for Dorney Park Amusement Company; Capital, $25,000 ; and each share is $10.
    Thanks

  23. Chris W Says:

    I have some stock certificates from the “Westmoreland Chemical & Color Company” from 1911, 1913 & 1919. Signed by william Paul -Treasurer Henry Stewart -President and a few different secretaries. This company was in Philadelphia – no longer exits. I found them after I purchased a house owned by then neighbor William K. Adams. It is said that he is a distant relative of President Adams – which one I don’t remember. These certificates are in mint condition. Even if they aren’t worth anything, they are very beautiful. The value of the shares are inscribed on the left side of the certificate @ $100 each. Certificate # 8 is for 25 shares; #’s 12 & 14 are for 5 shares each. That would have made the entitled “rich” at the time, huh?? Names, dates etc, a;; hand written in fancy script. Just beautiful. Anybody interested, let me know.

  24. katie davidson Says:

    while cleaning out an old steamer trunk of my grandmother’s, i found 24 old stock certicates, ranging in date from 1917 til 1948. they’re in wonderful shape; the calligraphy beautiful (well, of course, you already know that). they range from transit companies to copper companies to utility companies. are you interested in names and dates?

    thank you

  25. Lori Holmes Says:

    I have 2 stock certificates from the Delaware Placer Gold Mining Co. dated 1904. They were worth 500 shares each and are numbered 21 and 22. The certificates say $1.00 per share. I would be interested to know more about these.
    Thanks!

  26. Gladys Says:

    I have 10 stock certificates from Arizona Tip Top Mines Company dated 1921 with the original stamps .Are they worth anything?Thank you!Also my father have this certificate dated 1894 with a picture of a cowboy.

  27. Dan Matney Says:

    I have a couple of certificates i would like to see whats up with them, First is
    The St.Louis-Kentucky Oil Company , Incorporated under law of south Dakota It has a name on it from Louis Herbert and it is five shares at 100.00$ per share and signed dated and sealed on 21th day of October 1903 its in a frame and in great condition…next
    The COLOMOKAS GOLD MINING COMPANY From colorado , mines in the cripple creek district. For 1000 shares at 1.00$ each so this one is for one thousand dollars. its in a frame also and has a stamp on it all in great shape.

    My name is Dan Matney if anyone is interested in them or can send me in a direction of someone who could help me, Thanks 314-601-4426

  28. Joan Says:

    I am looking for some information. My parents came across a stock certificate issued to my great aunt on June 7, 1922; Myers Pulp and Paper Company, 15 Class A Shares, Issue 2. I even have the letter from the attorney sending her the 15 shares and can verify that it came from Denver Colorado. I have tried researching the company, owner and attorney but can’t find much information. Any information provided would be appreciated. Thanks

  29. Annett Saavedra Says:

    I have a Capital Stock Certificate for 1000 shares for The Independent Oil Company of Ohio. The certificate number is 90 dated October 22, 1902. The corporate seal is Chicago, Ill. Any information would be appreciated.
    Thank you

  30. evelyn klose Says:

    I have recently found a box containing some old stock certificates three of which I found listed on Scripophily.com (The Kentucky Racing and Breeding Association, 1903; Frisco Group Gold Mining Company, 1906; American Gold Mining and Milling, 1900). I have not, however, been able to find a listing for any of the following:
    The Commonwealth Mining Co., 1914 (5 certificates)
    The Gold Belt Drainage and Transportation Tunnel Company, 1913
    El Progreso Copper Mining Company, 1900
    The La Belle Gold Mining Company, 1900
    New Hope Mining Company, 1901 (3 certificates)
    The Jewel Mines and Reduction Company, 1913
    Afterthought Copper Company, 1919
    The Pacific States Prospecting and Development Co.,1904 & 1906

    Most of these certificates were issued to my late husband’s grandmother.
    Would these certificates be of any interest to a collector? Thanks for any info you might be able to provide.

  31. Ray Says:

    I have several old stock ceritificates but in one in particular I have is from National Producing & Refining Company for 1000 shares dated ( 6-30-1919 ) & numbered 12411. I also have for the same date ( 6-30-1919 ) a certificate Investment Refund Amount for some type of special bonus agreement for $400 from the same company. Any help with value or anything would be greatly appreciated, thanks and have a blessed day!

  32. Brett Moody Says:

    Dear Mr. Rose,

    It is my sincere hope that I have something of intrerest, to you. I possess three (3) unique and individual Stock Certificates, descriptions of which follow here: 1.) 550 Shares, (50 cents per Share), of a $2,500,000.00 Capital Stock in Alaska-Copper River Mining Company, dated May 29, 1917 and Incorporated in the State of Washington. 2.) 1000 Shares, (25 cents per Share), of a $3,000,000.00 Capital Stock in The Consolidated Salt Creek Petroleum Company, dated March 28, 1919 and Incorporated in the State of Colorado. 3.) 1000 Shares, (1 cent per Share), of a $300,000.00 Capital Stock in The Lone Star Oil Company, dated April 13, 1918 and Incorporated in the State of Colorado.

    All are impressive looking to this lay-person, with all of the engraving, artwork, seals, etc. Of note might be that the Seal appears to be made of Copper on the Certificate from the “Alaska-Copper River mining Company.”

    Should you have any interest at all, please contact me and I can issue facsimiles of each and provide any further information that you feel of import.

    Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

    Sincerely,

    Brett Moody

  33. Brenda Says:

    I have a $1.00 stock bought from Vaughn Ductile Metals Company in 1918 (The Territory of Arizona ) is on it .Shares 150.I would like to know how to find out more about this bond and its value .Could you please email me to find out more about it or give me info Thank you very much
    Brenda

  34. Debbie Barnes Says:

    A relative of mine who has passed away quite some time ago left behind a stock certificate for 2 shares of stock in The Farmers’ Mutual Benefit Petroleum Company was issued on September 20, 1865. The is is No. 54 for 2 shares and it was issued in Clyde, New York. Can you advise me as to how much the stock is worth if anything. Thank you!

  35. Delores Davis Says:

    Value of a Stock Certificate 19 Shares of Cleveland Rubber Corporation Co Cleveland OHIO Dated 5-21-1921.

    Thank you

  36. Ed Anderson Says:

    I have a stock certificate dated 1921 for 5 shares of the Polish Dairy Products Co. The company was incorporated in the State of Delaware. Please provide any available history for this company. Also are the stocks worth anything ?

  37. Deanna Shaide Says:

    I have a stock certificate dated October 03, 1921, incorporated in California November 1904, for $112.000 shares of capital stock in the Savage Gold&Silver Mining Company. Please provide any available history and value for this company. Thank you!

  38. Jennifer Says:

    I have a Share Cert. That Says Oregon Oil Company Dated January 14th 1918 has a corporate Seal dated 1916. On the Share Certi. it the Number 2, 183 Shares at $1.00 a Share. Is this company still around, name changed, Bankrupt?? Does the Cert. That I have, have value its self?? Thank You and look forward to be hearing from you soon. If it has great Value today because it is active I plan on finding the right full owners as I found this in a box of old papers I bought years ago.

  39. Linda Medeiros Says:

    I have shares of St. Louis Copper Company stock. The certificate says the company was incorporated under the laws of the Territory of Arizona. The stocks are dated January 1900. Can you give me any information about this company and if the shares have any value.

    Thank you.

  40. Karen Says:

    My father purchased five shares of capital stock with the Davidson Farmers Mutual Exchange in Lexington, NC in 1946. I can’t find any information on the Exchange and am wondering if it exists under another name. The price was $1.00 per share with a capital stock amount of $50,000.

    Thank you.

  41. Peggy Fleck Says:

    I have two old Certificates of Shares (one for 100 shares and one for 75 shares) of Yosemite National Park Co. dated Sept and Oct. 1929. One is cert. #950 and one is #952. There is an official embossed stamped seal “Yosemite National Park Incorporated 1916″ on each. Can you tell me any information about these? Thank you.

  42. Matt Gardner Says:

    My father passed away approximately 6 years ago. He left me a Certificate No. 484, 5 Shares of Capital Stock of Metro-Addison Company, Charleston, W. Va, bought on August 22nd, 1921. I have the Stock Certificate as well as the Receipt of Sale. I have been unsuccessful finding anything about this company, Do you have any information? Is this stock worth anything?

  43. lynda pietri Says:

    i hope you could help me i have shares of capital stock in flathead oils limited. can’t found out who to go to they are 81 years matured, thank you

  44. mark andrews Says:

    have a leboeuf fountain pen stock certificate issued 12/21/1928. found in my great grandmothers papers. does this have any value?

  45. Peggy Guard Says:

    I found a old certificate from THE QUADRANGLE OIL COMPANY dated December 4th, 1920. For 100 shares at 1.00 each share..capital stock $250,000. Iwas just wondering if there is any value to this certificate anymore?.. Thank you very much.

  46. Fredd Says:

    I have a “Profit-Sharing Development Bond” from “The Alaskan Bonanza Mininga, Trading and Transportation Company.” from September 13, 1897. I am trying to find out the value/ worth of this document if anyone can help… PLEASE DO!

  47. Pat Robinson Says:

    I found a old certificate from THE ODD FELLOW’S TEMPLE CO. dated Augest 19th 1892. For 5 shares ..capital stock $400,000. Iwas just wondering if there is any value to this certificate anymore?.. Thank you very much.

  48. Sherri Says:

    I have 2 capital stock certificates for 50 shares each… Says capital stock$200.000 with “The Silver Lake Mining and Milling Co”
    Incorporated under the Laws of the state of Colorado. It says, “shares $1.00 each”. It has a gold round raised stamp with a pick and shovel and then a small purple 5 cent stamp underneath. dated March 15th 1902. Numbered, 326 and 327. Can you tell me anything about this Company and what I have ahold of? I also have a Sprague’s Mercantile certificate numbered, J 3262 Address 184 LASALLE St. Chicago. It has a bronze raised seal on it dated 7/17/08 It also says, Retainer Three years $50. This business was incorporated in 1887. Any info, and value and worth you have on these would be GREATLY appreciated

  49. paul letsky Says:

    I have two stock certificates from Lone Star Oil Company. dated 1918 one slightly torn. one for 300 shares the other for 15. what can i do with these? I am from Worcester so maybe we could check them out.. Thank you

  50. Vickie Palmateer-Legan Says:

    I have inhabited some of my dads collections. I have Capital Stock of the Pacific Amusement Company that my father bought in 1952. It seems as though he hasn’t collected on any of them. Are they worth any thing and who shall I speak to so I can research information on them. I also have that looks like bank notes some dated 1780, 1778, 1781, with printed amounts and number on each of them. Can you tell me any thing about them. I will be greatly appreciate any information you can give me or tell me some one I may locate to find out more information on all the items. Sincerely Vickie Palmateer-Legan

  51. amy willard Says:

    I found some old stock certificates, one for the international cereal company dated 1917 and the American flour and cereal mills company dated 1916 and was wondering if you had any information on these two mills from Minneapolis MN?

  52. Suzanne Keane Says:

    I have several original stock certificates of Pan Am Airways, the oldest one dated 1980 thru 1991. Can you tell me if they have any value. Thank you.

  53. eileen flenner Says:

    i have a certificate for 1 1/4 shares of the capital stock of the Ajax Produoing Company issued to my grandfather dated August 25 1921 its green on this one side and brown and gold on the other side it has a risen seal stamped in gold 1919 and is signed by two people Frank Rafalski secretary and a Paul Vitek president it has a purple stamp DIVIDEND on it i found it in my fathers things when he passed away in 2007 it reads incorporated under the laws of Delaware it also has a number on it 3548 it has capital 2,000.000.00-fully paid and non-assessable and reads Ajax Producing company on the gold side now this was never signed by my grandfather i am not sure if it has any value or not but was wondering if you could help me out with this i have tried researching it but cant seem to find the company! if it turns out to be nothing then i have gained a valuable paper from my grandfathers past for on my wall. . i am in hopes that someone can help me out with this. Thank you so much for your time

  54. Grace Dahl Says:

    We have an Indiana-Colorado Mining and Milling Company for 14 shares dated April 8 1908. It was issued to our adopted grandma’s dad and found in her home that she left to us. It is in good shape. Is it worth anything? It even has the original tattered envelope from 934 Main Street, Anderson Ind. that has a drawing of the company building and postmarked April 10, 1908. We don’t know where to look for information. Anything will help.
    Grace Dahl

  55. Alan Baumgarten Says:

    I have 2 certificates from the Maryland Mining Company dated 1867. Do they have any value?

  56. tammy zimmerman Says:

    We have 7 stock certificates ranging from mining, drilling, oil, rubber&tire, head-light, and railroad switch co. can anyone give me some type of info some are still around but i cant find out value. thank u for any help u can give

  57. Robert Says:

    I have some old Comon Stock notes that are cancelled from 1929 1930 and 1940 from The Nevada California Electric Corporation, Incorporated under the laws of the state of Delaware. How much can they be worth ?The lithograph depicts two women a Doc and small boat and a steam locamotive. thank you for your time.

  58. wayne shroyer Says:

    I have 2 stock certificates from M.W.SAVAGE FACTORIES,INCORPORATED. They are dated sixteenth of May 1911 and say $10 at the bottom. My wife wants to know if we should toss them or not. They are from her Grandmother.

  59. Cynthia Ziebell Says:

    ??? Can anybody translate the old ‘legalese’ on a certificate and an attached letter?
    “Grace Lake Gold Mines certificate; Issued on Dec. 24, 1928 to my grandfather for 0407 Fully paid shares Of Common Stock Without Nominal or Par Value in Grace Lake Gold Mines, Ltd.” WHAT DO THESE TERMS MEAN?
    Then a letter from Exec. Office addressed to my grandfather from A.E.Costello, Sec’y-Treas: Signed & dated New Year’s Eve, 1928.
    It reads: “Please find certificate #— for 407 shares in Grace Lake Gold Mines, Ltd. in full payment of a mortgage note held by you against the Wisconsin Skead Mines, Ltd. as per receipt on loan of mortgage note to this office for cancellation…..” etc. WHAT DOES THIS LEGALESE MEAN?
    CAN ANYBODY TRANSLATE?
    Thank you, C. Ziebell

  60. Bryan Hinton Says:

    i have a stock certificate from 1920, from : Big 1000 Acre Oil Co in Wichita, Texas capital stock $200,000.00. great condition, pretty orange seal


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