Collecting Historic Certificates

Grade Levels: High School, College, Adult
Program Duration: 45 min

Collecting Historic Certificates

Welcome to the world of historic stock and bond certificates. These old pieces of paper can sometimes be VERY valuable.  In fact, the field of collectible certificates has its own name: scripophily. This area of collecting gained recognition in the 1970s, and it has become a popular hobby. There can be 15 or 20 different factors that make a certificate valuable. In this class, we will discuss some of the major ones: signatures, historical significance, condition, availability, age, visual quality and state of issuance.