Art and Scarcity of Old Stock and Bond Certificates Make Unique Gifts for the Holiday Season: Delaware Law and Stock Exchange Rules add to Collector Supply Shortage

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The supply of new stock and bond certificates reaching the collector market has been substantially reduced due to recent changes in State Laws and Stock Exchanges Rules. Many companies are no longer required to issue physical stock and bond certificates. Fees to issue paper stock certificates have increased dramatically.

Stocks and Bonds make Great Gifts of History®, the Internet’s largest buyer and seller of collectible stock and bond certificates, has seen a continued year over year increase in sales since we launched our website in 1996. The increase in activity is primarily due to interest in the historical significance and beauty of stock and bond certificates as well as their relative scarcity according to’s CEO and Founder, Bob Kerstein. “Physical stock and bond certificates are a permanent history of business representing a cross section of the financial markets we know today. Stock certificates are becoming an artifact of the past as the world becomes more digitized”

Certificates are collected and given as gifts because of their historical significance, beauty and artwork, autographs, notoriety, as well as many other factors. Old Greek, Chinese, and Panama Canal bond certificates have been very popular this year. In addition scandals like Lehman Brothers and Enron continue to be our top sellers. Stock Certificates hand signed by John D. Rockefeller and J.P Morgan are also in demand.

The supply of new certificates reaching the collector market has been substantially reduced due to changes in state laws and stock exchanges rules. Many companies are no longer required to issue physical stock and bond certificates, a process called “dematerialization”. In fact, the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation currently charges $500 for each paper certificate issued according to the San Francisco Business Times.

Scripophily (scrip-ah-fil-ly) is the name of the hobby of collecting old stock and bond certificates. Values range from a few dollars to more than $500,000 for the most unique and rare. Tens of thousands of Scripophily buyers worldwide include casual collectors, corporate archives, museums and serious collectors. - The Gift of History is the internet’s leading buyer and seller of collectible stock and bond certificates with over 17,500 selections. We currently have items on loan for display in the Smithsonian’s Museum of Financial History in New York. The company has been featured on CNBC, USA Today, Associated Press, Reuters, Nightline, Today Show, Baltimore Sun, and Washington Post and in many other media publications. The company also offers an old stock research service at and offers high resolution scans for publications. / Old Company Research Service is the successor company to all material published by the Marvyn Scudders Manuals, the Robert D. Fisher Manuals, and the Herzog & Co., Inc. obsolete research services, which have been performed continuously since 1880. We are the leading provider of authentic stock certificates, autographs, and old company stock research services. was founded by Internet Pioneer, Bob Kerstein ( Bob is a CPA and CGMA, and has more than 36 years of senior management experience in the Cellular, Cable TV, Satellite, Internet, Professional Sports and Entertainment Industries. Bob is also the President of the Professional Scripophily Traders Association (PSTA).

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