PMG now grading stock certificates

The U.S.-based third-party grading service Paper Money Guaranty (PMG) is now grading and encapsulating most bond and stock certificates.

Known by specialists as “scripophily,” bond and stock certificate collecting are subsets of numismatics with increased recognition in recent years. Because many companies no longer issue printed certificates, these items serve as tangible links to famous businesses and brands. Collectors are typically drawn to the certificates’ intricate designs plus the business and financial history they represent.

“We are thrilled to expand our expert and impartial certification services to this interesting and historically significant category,” said PMG Chair Mark Salzberg. “Many bond and stock certificates feature incredibly beautiful designs representing some of history’s greatest companies and achievements.”

PMG has certified more than four million banknotes since it was established in 2005.

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