Scripophily is the name given to the hobby of collecting old share and bond certificates.
There are different approaches to collecting scripophily. Some collectors go for certificates relating to a particular company or industry.
Because I had been involved as chief financial officer for technology companies, I quickly realized the potential for e-commerce, so I acquired the domain name, Scripophily.com, and set up a Web site to sell certificates in my free time.
Over the years, because of the expertise I have developed in scripophily, CNBC has interviewed me when stock in a company was being discontinued because of merger or scandal.
Details, 01298 73188 or 27493Tuesday n Bonhams will be holding an auction of scripophily
, banknotes and coins at its Montpelier Street, Knightsbridge, premises in London, at 10.30amWednesday n The Knowle, Solihull, premises of Bonhams is the venue for an interesting auction of silver and plated wares which contains a good collection of silver vesta cases, snuff boxes, scent bottles, sovereign cases and small silver items, many of them produced by the talented craftsmen working in Birmingham's jewellery quarter during the Victorian and Edwardian eras.