Fairfax, Virginia (PRWEB) June 16, 2014 -- Scripophily.com®, the Internet’s largest buyer and seller of collectible stock and bond certificates, is offering an original rarestock certificate from the Alabama Gold and Copper Mining Company of Jarilla, New Mexico issued in 1899 hand signed by Pat Garrett as Secretary. This historic document has an ornate border around it with the company's name on top center and has an embossed corporate seal.
Billy the Kid and also known as Henry Antrim, was a 19th-century Irish American gunman who participated in the Lincoln County War and became a frontier outlaw in the American Old West. According to legend, he killed 21 men, and killed his first man in 1877 at the age of 18. Pat Garrett decided to become a lawman in 1880. His first assignment was to stop Billy the Kid. Garrett and his posse arrested "the Kid" at Stinking Springs, New Mexico. "The Kid" was tried and convicted, but while awaiting hanging, he escaped. Garrett decided that would not happen again; and he quickly located him, hid in the dark and gunned him down at the first opportunity.
'We are very excited to offer this extremely historic stock certificate for sale," says, Bob Kerstein, Scripophily.com, Founder and CEO. "This is a significant item recently added to our website and it would make a great addition to anyone's collection," Kerstein added.
Stock 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 by stock exchanges and the Securities and Exchange Commission, a process called “dematerialization.” Stock certificates can now be registered and transferred electronically. Paper stock certificates are slowly being removed and retired from circulation in exchange for electronic recording. This means fewer new paper certificates are reaching the market and older ones are destroyed when they are redeemed. As a result, the supply of paper stock certificates is significantly reduced.
Scripophily (scrip-ah-fil-ly) is the name of the hobby of collecting old 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, corporate archives, business executives, museums and serious collectors.
Scripophily.com also owns and operates OldCompany.com, which researches old stock and bond certificates to help determine redeemable value. Our Old Company Research Service has been providing continuous old stock and bond research services since 1880 for individuals, banks, attorneys, estates and trusts detailing the company's history regarding name changes, mergers, bankruptcies, and predecessor and successor companies. If the company did survive, OldCompany.com will provide contact information so a determination can be made as to whether the securities have any redeemable value. "If it is determined that the a stock certificate has no redeemable value, it may have collectible value," according to Bob Kerstein.
Scripophily.com /Old Company Research Service is the successor company to all material published by the Marvyn Scudders Manuals, the Robert D. Fisher Manuals, R.M. Smythe Old Stock Research Services, and the Herzog & Co., Inc. Obsolete Stock and Bond 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.
Scripophily.com is also celebrating its 18th successful year on the Internet and has over 17,500 selections in its online store. Last year was an impressive year for Scripophily.com and OldCompany.com with over 1.3 million visitors and 3.7 million page views during the twelve month period ending December 31, 2013.
Scripophily.com 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.
Scripophily.com was founded by Internet Pioneer, Bob Kerstein (Bob.com). Bob is a CPA and CGMA, and has more than 38 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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Bob Kerstein, Scripophily.com, http://www.scripophily.net, +1 703-787-3552, [email protected]