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Certificates from companies other than railroads
I only catalog railroad companies. Many people contact me about certificates from companies other than railroads. I would love to help, but I simply do not have the time to answer each letter.
The first thing I can suggest is to contact one or more
listed on my dealers page.
What about value as securities? A large number of people wonder whether their certificates still have value as securities.
Determining whether certificates still have value as securities
is a tough
problem. Overall, very, very few certificates retain value. About a quarter of all collectible certificates are uncancelled, so do not assume that a certificate has value just because it is uncancelled.
However, some certificates are still valid.
Several companies research obsolete securities on a fee basis.
If you live near large libraries, you may do some of the research yourself. You may find some excellent hints about the process at
Another suggestion is to look in dealers lists and online
catalogs. If you
find your certificate routinely offered for sale, there is little chance
that your certificate retains any value as a security.
What if your certificate is denominated in GOLD? I regret to disappoint you, but no matter what anyone tells you, NO certificates retain gold values. There are deceptive scams out there that you need to be aware of. See
I strongly recommend buying the Cox Catalog from your favorite
If they do not yet carry, or are out of stock, you may buy directly from the author.
Help support this free site! Please visit my eBay store called Papermental by Terry Cox. My inventory includes railroad passes, railroad ephemera, newspapers, magazines, engravings, and all sorts of paper collectibles.
I suggest using WeTransfer or similar file transfer sites when sending large files or large numbers of files.
PLEASE contact the many fine dealers listed on my dealers page to buy certificates.