Stocks and Bonds

Stocks and bonds comprise a large portion of the Museum’s collection with thousands of examples ranging in date from the 18th century to contemporary corporations including the Internet bubble. The collection features certificates from a variety of industries – from banking and finance to transportation and technology – and many are signed by historically significant figures, including presidents and other political figures, industry titans and renowned corporate leaders. Highlights include a 1792 US Treasury bond issued to George Washington bearing one of the first known uses of the dollar sign, a $100,000 bond issued to Andrew Carnegie in 1901 when US Steel was formed as one of J.P. Morgan's outstanding corporate deals and an 1869 Erie Railway certificate signed by Jay Gould.

Images of select items from this collection can be viewed below. For additional images, please visit our Flickr page.