What makes a stock certificate valuable
as a collectible?
of famous people -- often, captains of industry -- will greatly
enhance a certificate's value.
Industries and companies that have greatly influenced our past,
such as railroad, automobile and oil companies.
in good condition cost more but are a better investment and will
be much easier to sell later. Nevertheless, a certificate that isn't
in top condition but is signed by Abraham Lincoln will still be
extremely valuable if it's one of a kind.
Rarity: The major factors
influencing rarity are: number issued, market interest, age and
redemption (the number that have survived exchange or repayment.)
Decorative quality: In
an effort to save money, many companies issue rather plain certificates
these days. Over the last few years the premium on very decorative
pieces has risen sharply. A document with an elaborate, beautifully
drawn vignette will be worth a lot more than a plainer certificate.
Age: The age of a particular
certificate is the cornerstone to value assessment. Great age adds
historical interest and often indicates rarity. Moreover, older
art work is generally much more intricate. In today's market there
is a definite value line separating documents issued prior to 1900
from those that are more recent.
Source: Stock Search
-- Posted: Oct. 30, 2001