Forget neckties and fruitcakes:

This holiday, give a historic gift!


Vintage stock and bond certificates from are a unique gift idea that the recipient will never forget.


These original, authentic artifacts of business and political history may date back to the 19th century and are beautifully engraved, with wonderful vignettes (decorative pictures) and ideal for framing. They may represent shares of company stock or funds raised to support public projects, social causes – even war efforts. Older certificates are usually hand signed, sometimes by famous personalities.


Bob Kerstein, a former communications executive and now CEO of, became interested in antique “scrip” – stock and other financial certificates – after seeing Confederate bonds at a Civil War show. He noted that Gilded Age entrepreneurs traveled the country by rail or stagecoach, hawking beautiful, ornately engraved stock certificates in order to raise funds for their corporate ventures.


“It’s almost like they went to extremes to make the documents professional looking, engraved with nice vignettes,” sometimes marking them “payable in gold” to reflect the companies’ financial standing of their companies, Kerstein explained. “It gave people a false sense of security (so to speak), because they didn’t have the gold set aside; they’d only convert them to dollars.”’s customers include not only people in the financial community are but also people with a connection to a particular company or cause. Here are just a few examples …


            Scripophily has over 13,000 stock and bond certificates to choose from. They also offer a framing service, so your gift will be ready to hang – a great conversation piece for the home or office. - The Gift of History is the Internet's leading buyer and seller of collectible stock and bond certificates and has had items on loan for display in the Smithsonian's Museum of Financial History in New York, been featured on CNBC, USA Today, Baltimore Sun, Washington Post and in many other media publications. The company also offers an old stock research service at and also offers high resolution scans for publications. has over 13,000 different selections including categories such as Frauds, Scandals, Bankruptcies, Dot Coms, as well as the more traditional areas such as Railroads, Telephone, Entertainment, Sports, Manufacturing, Mining, Utilities, Oil and Gas, Retail, Tobacco, Food, Banks, Insurance and others.

  was founded by Bob Kerstein who has more than 25 years of senior management experience in the Cellular, Cable TV, Satellite, Internet, Professional Sports and Entertainment Industries. Bob is also the President of the Professional Scripophily Traders Association (PSTA).

Want to give the gift of history? Visit and search by subject, company or individual name, or call 1-888-STOCKS6 for more information.  For more information on, visit or or call 1-703-579-4209.