DEFINITION of 'Scripophily'

The hobby of collecting antique bonds, stocks and other financial instruments based on their esthetics and prominence in the financial world.

BREAKING DOWN 'Scripophily'

This is very similar to collecting coins or stamps, but instead collectors buy old stock certificates.

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  1. My family owns an old railroad bond from 1938. Is there any way to find out whether ...

    That's a tough question, but the short answer is that you are going to have to do some homework. Where should you begin? The ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. Is all paper money fiat money?

    The majority of currency on paper is considered fiat money. Fiat money is money that can be used as tender but does not have ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. Should I convert my telecom paper stocks to electronic records?

    If you hold paper shares of any publicly traded company, also known as certificated shares or bearer forms, you can most ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. I lost my share certificate. Do I still own the stock?

    Regardless of whether a shareholder loses his or her stock certificate, that person still owns the shares. However, in order ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. How do you get a hard copy of a stock certificate?

    Before online brokers and personally-directed accounts, holding a physical stock certificate was a necessity, as this was ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. I hold stock certificates in a company that just had a stock split. What happens ...

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