now offers quantities of low cost authentic paper stock and bond certificates to assist educators in teaching students about stocks and bonds

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Viewing and handling of paper stock and bond certificates make it much easier to understand the process of buying and selling a financial security, successor to R.M. Smythe & Co., Inc.'s Obsolete Security Research Business founded in 1880 - The Gift of History

Stock and Bond Certificates Make Great Gifts of Financial History®, the Internet’s largest buyer and seller of collectible stock and bond certificates is now offering quantities of quality low cost authentic paper stock and bond certificates to assist educators in teaching students about stocks and bonds.

"Due to the digital age, it is much harder to explain the processes of issuing and redeeming stock and bond certificates, because everything is performed by computer code." said Bob Kerstein CPA, Founder of "The physical certificate makes it much easier to explain the process from issuing the certificate to cancellation." Kerstein, added.

A stock certificate will indicate the number of shares of stock and provide a unique serial number to that certificate. The name of the registrar will also appear along with the class of shares (such as common stock or preferred stock), a unique image, the company name, and the shareholder’s name. The certificate also includes the state of incorporation, transfer agent, par value, date issued, and signatures of authorized corporate executives. Also included on the certificate is the corporate seal, printer’s name, ornate border, cancellation markings and date cancelled. To assist teachers, is offering a free Reference Guide to Stock Certificates prepared by Bob Kerstein CPA, Founder of

A sample of the company certificates we are selling in our program include Erie Railroad Company, General Motors Corporation, Halliburton Company, Buckeye Steel Castings, Camaguey Sugar Company of Cuba, Irving Trust Company, New York Central Railroad Company, Penn Central Railway Company, Pennsylvania Railroad Company, Union Pacific Corporation, United States Radium Company and Pan American World Airways.

Scripophily (scrip-ah-fil-ly) is the name of the hobby of collecting vintage stock and bond certificates. Certificate values range from a few dollars to more than $500,000 for the most unique and rare items. Tens of thousands of Scripophily buyers worldwide include casual collectors, business executives, museums and the avid collector. Due to the computer age, more and more stock and bonds are issued electronically which means fewer paper certificates are being issued. As a result, demand for paper certificates is increasing while supply is decreasing.

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, Confederate and Panama Canal bond certificates have always been popular items. In addition, scandals like Lehman Bros. and Enron, and stock certificates signed by John D. Rockefeller and other famous businessmen continue to be our top sellers., the parent company of Old Company Research Service, acquired the old stock & bond business research service correspondence, archives and copyrights from Herzog & Co., Inc. (formally R.M. Smythe Old Stock Research Services). The acquisition included rights to all reference material published by the Marvyn Scudders Manuals, the Robert D. Fisher Manuals, and Herzog & Co., Inc. as well as all correspondence from the R.M. Smythe Special Library used in the Smythe’s Obsolete Research activities which began in 1880. - The Gift of History has items on loan for display in the Smithsonian's Museum of Financial History in New York. Our 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 the World’s #1 old stock research service at and offers high resolution scans for publications. has over 17,500 selections on its website. /Old Company Research Service, founding member of the Old Stock Exchange, is the successor company to all material published by the Marvyn Scudders Manuals, the Robert D. Fisher Manuals, R.M. Smythe Stock Research Service, and the Herzog & Co., Inc. obsolete research services. and Old Company Research Services was founded by Bob Kerstein ( Bob is a CPA and CGMA, and has more than 40 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) and co founder of the American Stock and Bond Collectors Association.

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