Standard Oil Trust, Greek Debt and Confederate Bonds are Best Sellers at - Stock and Bond Certificates Make Unique Gifts for the Holidays

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Best Seller Stock and Bond Certificates in 2012 include Standard Oil Trust Stock Certificates signed by John D. Rockefeller issued in 1882, Greek Debt Certificates issued in 1898 and Confederate States of America Bond Certificates issued by the Confederacy from 1861 to 1865.

Standard Oil Trust Stock signed by John D. Rockefeller

Standard Oil Trust Stock signed by John D. Rockefeller

The Standard Oil Trust Certificate is one of our most popular items ®, the Internet’s largest buyer and seller of collectible stock and bond certificates, has seen a rise in popularity in the purchases of Standard Oil Trust stock certificates signed by John D. Rockefeller, Greek Debt Certificates issued in 1898 and Confederate States of America Bond Certificates issued by the Confederacy from 1861 to 1865.

The Standard Oil Trust stock certificates were issued in 1882 and were printed by the Franklin Bank Note Company. The certificate was hand signed by John. D. Rockefeller, Henry Flagler and Jabez Abel Bostwick and is over 130 years old.

The Greek Bond Certificate is from the Kingdom of Greece and was issued in 1898 for 100 pounds. This debt instrument is a 2.5 Percent 20 year bond and is unusual because it has guarantees from France, Great Britain and Russia in the event of default. The certificate has an ornate blue border with vignette statues of Aphrodite, Apollo, Athena and Hypocrites. In addition there is the Greek Kingdoms Coat of Arms. This item also has a 10 shilling orange tax stamp dated 1899. This is a vertical format BOND and is over 114 years old.

The Confederate States of America Bonds were issued during 1861 to 1865. The bonds issued through May 1861 were from Montgomery, Alabama when it was the capital of the Confederacy before the capital moved to Richmond, Virginia. The confederate Bonds have images of soldiers, generals, confederate cabinet members and other scenes. The Bonds were authorized by Act of the Confederate Congress and they are all hand signed. Most of them have interest coupons attached.

Certificates are collected and given as gifts because of their historical significance, beauty and artwork, autographs, notoriety, as well as many other factors. 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”.

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 and has had 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. has over 17,500 selections including / 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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