Scripophily: Stock Bonds & Certificates

Scripophily is a very new collectible term among the history of numismatics. Defined as the collecting of old stocks and bonds, scripophily as a movement is heavily invested in the art and history of specific stocks and bonds. It is also at a crossroads with autograph collectors who actively hunt for papers signed by notable businessmen and businesswomen. Popular time periods for scripophilists include the era of railroad construction, the introduction of the automotive industry, the banking boom in the '30s, and the recent dot-com period.

Scripophilists look for a wide variety of guidelines when selecting a collectible stock or bond to purchase. As in numismatics, the condition, age, and rarity of the item are among the chief considerations. Unlike with coins, however, scripophily pays much more attention to the history of a piece. Stocks and bonds contain large amounts of information, and much of it is historically relevant. The significance of the company, the signatures present, and whom the security was originally issued to all play a large part in the desirability of the item.

Especially attractive or significant stocks and bonds are frequently framed, adding another element to the hobby. Cohesive framing jobs can add a large amount of value to a certificate. Another subset of scripophily is dedicated to collecting live shares of active companies, specifically shares which are issued in the name of the collector. The highly electronic nature of securities today makes modern paper stocks and bonds very desirable to collectors in the field.


Quick Facts

  • A popular target for scripophilists is the board game Monopoly, especially the four railroads: Pennsylvania, Reading, B&O, and Short Line
  • Unlike most numismatics, the only value in scripophily as a whole is collectible. Modern-issue securities can be an exception to this, but most desirable collectible stocks and bonds come from companies who have ceased functioning many years ago
  • A 1792 United States federal bond issued and signed by President George Washington sold at auction for $265,000 in 2013

Recommended Items at Auction

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Black Americana Cast Iron LITTLE JOE Coin Bank
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Black Americana Cast Iron LITTLE JOE Coin Bank
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$454 Bids
Fabbrica Sigari e Tabacchi in Locarno
Oct 23, 2:00 PM CEST
Fabbrica Sigari e Tabacchi in Locarno
by Portafoglio Storico
Est: €50- €90
€753 Bids
Virginia Midland Railway
Nov 04, 12:00 AM CET
Virginia Midland Railway
by Deutsche Wertpapierauktionen
Est: €80- €250
€802 Bids
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Modern value $40,000, 1910, Imperial Russian Volgo-Bugulmin Railroad 4% Bonds, Russia
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
Modern value $40,000, 1910, Imperial Russian Volgo-Bugulmin Railroad 4% Bonds, Russia
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $1,000- $40,000
$601 Bid
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Modern value $35,000, 1912, Imperial Russian West Ural Railroad 4.5% bonds, Russia
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
Modern value $35,000, 1912, Imperial Russian West Ural Railroad 4.5% bonds, Russia
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $1,000- $40,000
$601 Bid
Helmut Sturm, Gestisch-informelle Komposition, Acrylgemälde von (19)72, aus der Sammlung Gretel Marinotti, Mailand, Unikatrahmen
Oct 22, 10:00 AM CEST
Helmut Sturm, Gestisch-informelle Komposition, Acrylgemälde von (19)72, aus der Sammlung Gretel Marinotti, Mailand, Unikatrahmen
by K&K – Auktionen in Heidelberg
Est: €1,200- €1,500
€2801 Bid
California Street Cable Railroad Co
Oct 23, 2:00 PM CEST
California Street Cable Railroad Co
by Portafoglio Storico
Est: €60- €90
€601 Bid
Autografo di Gabriele D Annunzio (1863-1938)
Oct 23, 2:00 PM CEST
Autografo di Gabriele D Annunzio (1863-1938)
by Portafoglio Storico
Est: €50- €100
€501 Bid
Sun Fire Office
Oct 23, 2:00 PM CEST
Sun Fire Office
by Portafoglio Storico
Est: €40- €80
€401 Bid
Confederate States of America $100 Bond Sheet
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Confederate States of America $100 Bond Sheet
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $20- $200
$201 Bid
Savannah & Charleston Railroad Co. Bond Sheet
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Savannah & Charleston Railroad Co. Bond Sheet
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $20- $200
$201 Bid
Savannah & Charleston Railroad Co. Bond Sheet
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Savannah & Charleston Railroad Co. Bond Sheet
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $20- $200
$201 Bid
Group of 2 rocket banks
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
Group of 2 rocket banks
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $50- $150
$251 Bid
Internationale Unfall- und Schadensversicherungs-Gesellschaft
Nov 04, 12:00 AM CET
Internationale Unfall- und Schadensversicherungs-Gesellschaft
by Deutsche Wertpapierauktionen
Est: €40- €100
€401 Bid
Anglo-Elementar Versicherungs-AG
Nov 04, 12:00 AM CET
Anglo-Elementar Versicherungs-AG
by Deutsche Wertpapierauktionen
Est: €10- €65
€101 Bid
Anglo-Elementar Versicherungs-AG
Nov 04, 12:00 AM CET
Anglo-Elementar Versicherungs-AG
by Deutsche Wertpapierauktionen
Est: €10- €65
€101 Bid
Anglo-Elementar Versicherungs-AG
Nov 04, 12:00 AM CET
Anglo-Elementar Versicherungs-AG
by Deutsche Wertpapierauktionen
Est: €10- €65
€101 Bid
Anglo-Elementar Versicherungs-AG
Nov 04, 12:00 AM CET
Anglo-Elementar Versicherungs-AG
by Deutsche Wertpapierauktionen
Est: €10- €50
€101 Bid
Anglo-Elementar Versicherungs-AG
Nov 04, 12:00 AM CET
Anglo-Elementar Versicherungs-AG
by Deutsche Wertpapierauktionen
Est: €10- €50
€101 Bid
Anglo-Elementar Versicherungs-AG
Nov 04, 12:00 AM CET
Anglo-Elementar Versicherungs-AG
by Deutsche Wertpapierauktionen
Est: €10- €50
€101 Bid
Internationale Unfall- und Schadensversicherungs-Gesellschaft
Nov 04, 12:00 AM CET
Internationale Unfall- und Schadensversicherungs-Gesellschaft
by Deutsche Wertpapierauktionen
Est: €10- €75
€101 Bid
Internationale Unfall- und Schadensversicherungs-Gesellschaft
Nov 04, 12:00 AM CET
Internationale Unfall- und Schadensversicherungs-Gesellschaft
by Deutsche Wertpapierauktionen
Est: €10- €75
€101 Bid
Internationale Unfall- und Schadensversicherungs-Gesellschaft
Nov 04, 12:00 AM CET
Internationale Unfall- und Schadensversicherungs-Gesellschaft
by Deutsche Wertpapierauktionen
Est: €10- €65
€101 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Scripophily: Stock Bonds & Certificates


Deutsche Wertpapierauktionen

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Portafoglio Storico

Portafoglio Storico

Luxury Fine Arts

Luxury Fine Arts

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