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Collecting stock and bond certificates for their scarcity, rather than for their value as securities.


The hobby or practice of collecting expired or antique bond and stock certificates. These certificates can be valuable to the study of economic history and often have value themselves as collectibles.


The collecting of old securities certificates. Certificates are often valuable as collectors' items apart from any redemption value they may have.


Scripophily is the practice of collecting antique stocks, bonds, and other securities.

The most valuable documents are usually the most beautiful, or those that have some historical significance because of the role the issuing company played in the economy. Sometimes those with distinctive errors are also especially valuable.

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