you found an old stock in your attic or a flea market.
-- Is it worth a fortune or not?
Your main questions:
- Does the stock have any value?
- Is it redeemable?
- Is the company still around?
- How do I get money for it?
- What is the collectible value?
First, check if the
company is still traded on any major financial site.
Most sites have a company name to symbol search system. If you have no luck, check the links below.
Please check out our categorized resources
below (updated September 2012).
If you have inherited or discovered old
stock certificates, you may have found a fortune or maybe
only a neat collectible. These links and companies will
help you to research your stocks to see if they are obsolete or
negotiable. Some links are free, while other links are for
companies that charge research fees.
Of course, we suggest
starting with the free resources (transfer
agents & state regulators) to see if your old stock is
worth anything other than a collectible piece of paper. These are
the places to start and only cost your time.
Please note that OldStocks.com does
not provide what a
stock might be worth as an investment. Our business is
collectible old stock certificates
for which we can only estimate
based on similar pieces in the market.
If the certificates are not cancelled (perforated,
hole punches, stamped, or otherwise marked), you can research by
yourself or, save time, and pay for the service. These
services also may help with redemption questions and procedures
(how to get your money if it is worth something as an
investment). We get no compensation from the links to fee-based
research sites and list this only as information if you choose
You can also check for yourself to see if the company still
exists or merged into another company. It may still have
value! The following links may help in your research.
We provide information on stock exchanges, transfer agents, and
state security contacts. We leave it up to you to check
the financial sites for company symbol or listing.
We highly recommend contacting the
Regulators in your investigation of a company or stock
certificate. The state of incorporation is normally stated
on the face of the certificate. The second most important
resource is the transfer agent. We have
many links below to
trace information from transfer agents (also indicated on most
modern securities). Corporate archives are also a good source
for old or merged companies.
List of Transfer Agents (check
on your certificate)
Find the company's transfer agent.
More transfer agent information
|Please note transfer agents may have merged but are an
excellent starting point
Shareholder Services Association
issuers for shareholder recordkeeping (not for stock owners)
SEC Transfer Agent Site
The government's page on the topic
with many links to other reference pages
Smaller Transfer Agent List
Some are single state
agencies while others handle smaller and private companies
American Stock Transfer & Trust
Covers Microsoft, Honeywell, Under Armour, RiteAid, eTrade,
Yum, Dell, and more companies
BNY Mellon Shareowner Services
In 2011, Computershare acquired BNY
Mellon's Shareowner Services.
Covers lesser known and smaller
companies and shareholder communications
Covers the most companies with over
7500 and counting, acquired many other agents
Continental Stock Transfer & Trust
Covers Steinway Musical, Leap Frog,
Peet's Coffee, and others
JP Morgan (ADR.com)
(ADR) stocks noting all banks and agents that hold deposits
LINK Shareholder Services
Smaller firm that helps
trace assets after mergers and asset recovery.
Wells Fargo Shareowner Services
such as Gap, Kraft, Merck, ConAgra, Kellogg, and others
Do a Google search with the
certificate "company name" + "shareholder services"
Definition of Transfer Agent:
A financial institution appointed by a
company to act as the
stockholder record keeper and perform any transactions of the registered stock.
issue and cancel stock certificates,
disburse dividends, and
perform three main functions:
Issue and cancel certificates to reflect ownership changes,
keeping records of who owns
a company stocks and bonds , whether in certificate form, bin
book-entry form, or by the investor’s brokerage firm.
Act as an intermediary for the company. transfer agents act as
paying agent (dividends) proxy agent, exchange agent, tender agent, and mailing agent (e.g.
3) Transfer agents help
shareholders when a stock or bond
certificate has been lost, destroyed, or stolen.
Reference Guides for collecting
(see more in Scripophily
A number of the above links list books and offline contacts that
might help in your search. We did not list them here in
order to save space. Don't forget to use your local
library! The Directory of Obsolete Securities (issued every
year) covers hundreds of thousands of old securities and merger
information. It is found in larger libraries.
Found something valuable?
Contact a licensed broker or authorized financial institution to
redeem. Usually, an active company has investor
information on their website (e.g. their transfer agent).
Your broker or transfer agent can also help with merged company
information and how securities are handled from previous company
We will provide you with FREE valuation for your certificates as
collectibles. We have a large collection of references and
databases of previously sold items so we can provide a good
retail figure on most any US piece. Again, this service is
completely free! We can also tell you the best places to
sell your item if we do not purchase it. However, we
cannot provide the investment value of any active security.
use the links above or a securities broker for investment
research on any item thought to be negotiable. The
also has great resources to start.
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