by Bob Kerstein, CEO
Over the years, I
have been asked what are some of the ways to collect Scripophily.
Although there are so many reasons why people collect Scripophily, I thought I
would start a list of some collecting ideas and themes that I have seen
over the years. We will be updating this on a regular basis. If
you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know by
sending me an
Autographs - Issued to or signed by as officers by famous people
Vignettes - The vignette is the image on the certificate. You
can collect vignettes, by themes, type of product, same Image
different company etc.
Printers - Some of the major Printers include the American Banknote
E.A. Wright, Franklin
Western Banknote Company, De La Rue, etc
Industries - Banks, Computers, Communications, Motion Pictures, Oil,
Utilities, Airlines, etc
Company's acquired by other companies - i.e. Paypal, TWA now part of
American Airlines, Peet Manufacturing ( Formally of
Colgate - Palmolive
- Peet ),
Geography - Country, State, Province, Continent,
Countries no longer around ie Ottoman Empire, Prussia,
Family related as officers or company includes family name
Modern Companies currently in existence
Dates - Eras, Birthdays, Years, Decades, major events, etc
Scandals - Enron, Equity Funding, Keely Motor Company,
Bre-X Minerals Ltd,
Investors Overseas Services,
Major Bankruptcy’s -
Continental Illinois Corporation,
French Panama Canal,
Penn Central, etc.
Companies owned by politicians or their families - i.e Buckeye Steel
where Samuel Prescott Bush ( President Bush's Great Grandfather ) was
Dot Com’s -
in 2000 the Internet bubble burst.
Stock prices plunged, investors lost confidence, and web based
businesses started closing down by the minute. Many paper millionaires
lost everything including their jobs. Click based employees went back
to their old Brick based jobs with wild stories of wasted money,
lavish parties and ridiculous business plans.
Obsolete industries like Plankroads, Telegraphs, Steel Companies
in the United States, Silent Movies, etc.
Mining companies - Type of company like Gold, Silver, Copper,
Uranium, or by eras, regions, Mining Districts, etc.
Certificate Number - Some collectors like getting the first
certificate issued of a company. Others look for certain serial
numbers that have special meaning to them ie 777, 11, 13, etc
Company’s with common names - i.e. Acme, Diversified, General,
Type of cancellations - Stamp, Cut, Pin Hole, Written by Hand, Punch,
Uncancelled certificates - These are certificates that have been
issued but have never been redeemed. The reasons for lack of
cancellation markings can range anywhere from the company going out of
business to the certificate being lost and later replaced.
Specimens - Specimen Certificates are actual certificates that have
never been issued. They were usually kept by the printers in their
permanent archives as their only example of a particular certificate.
Sometimes you will see a hand stamp on the certificate that says "Do
not remove from file".
Specimens were also used to show prospective clients different types
of certificate designs that were available. Specimen certificates are
usually much scarcer than issued certificates. In fact, many times
they are the only way to get a certificate for a particular company
because the issued certificates were redeemed and destroyed. In a few
instances, Specimen certificates we made for a company but were never
used because a different design was chosen by the company.
These certificates are normally stamped "Specimen" or they have small
holes spelling the word specimen. Most of the time they don't have a
serial number, or they have a serial number of 00000. This is an
exciting sector of the hobby that grown in popularity over the past
Unissued Certificates - This are certificates that were printed but
never filled in or only partially completed, but never issued to a
shareholder or bondholder.
Original Dow Average – Collect companies that are part of the Dow
Below is a list of the Original Dow Industrials companies from 1896:
American Cotton Oil
Distilling & Cattle Feeding
North American Company
Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company
U.S. Leather pfd.
The Current Dow
(formerly Philip Morris)
(aviation and aerospace)
(electronics, financial services)
(retail, specializing in home improvement)
Business Machines (hardware,
Paper (paper, packaging)
J.P. Morgan Chase
and Co. (financial services)
Johnson & Johnson
Merck and Company
Gamble (household supplies,
Technologies (aerospace, defense)
Stores Inc. (retail)
State, Province or County of Incorporation - Ohio, California,
British Columbia etc
Government Bonds - By Country, Municipals, War Bonds
Type of Security - Common Stock, Preferred Stock, Gold Bond,
Convertible Bond, etc