Share Certificate


DEFINITION of 'Share Certificate'

A share certificate is a written document signed on behalf of a corporation, and serves as legal proof of ownership of the number of shares indicated.

Also referred to as a "stock certificate".

BREAKING DOWN 'Share Certificate'

In modern financial markets, individual investors rarely take physical possession of their share certificates. "Scripophily" is a term that signifies the collecting of share certificates and other forms of paper based financial securities. Similar to stamp collecting or bank note collecting, a share certificate's value is dependent on its condition and age.

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