Documents displayed are all original collectibles.

You will find below the characteristics of the documents sold by Numistoria.

☑️ Serial number

serial numbers on bonds

Shares and bonds have a serial number, except in the case of Specimen (number 0).

The document ordered and delivered may include a serial number different from that displayed on this website.

☑️ Place and date of issue

The place (the city most of the time) and the year of issue are usually indicated on the titles. Most of the titles sold on this site date from the years 1900 to 1940.

☑️ Signatures

The securities generally bear the signatures of company directors or representatives of loan issuers. The signatures are often original but sometimes facsimile (reproduction).

☑️ Bearer or nominative certificates

nominative certificate

The certificates are generally said to be "bearer". There are also registered certificates, that is to say denominated in the name of an individual or a company.

When ordering, the name of the beneficiary of the certificate received may be different from that displayed on the website. This in no way affects its collection value (except in the case of a famous name).

If you order a nominative certificate and wish that the name of the beneficiary or the signatures be specifically identical to the image presented, thank you for letting us know when ordering.

☑️ Coupons

bonds with coupons

Bonds may or may not have coupons located at the bottom or sometimes on the side of the document.

The coupons had to be detached by holders to be paid of dividends or interest.

Numerous coupons on the document may mean that the company has declared bankruptcy and has not distributed dividends, or that the State has not reimbursed all or part of the investors.

The number of coupons is generally not a determining value of the collection value (except for state bonds).

The document sent may include none, part or all of the coupons.

☑️ Cancellation marks

Cancellation holesBonds can be cancelled, in particular concerning state loans.

The cancellation is marked by a stamp or perforations called "cancellation holes".

When the certificate is canceled, we will specify it.

☑️ Condition

Shares and bonds are documents that are around 100 years old, and in a variable condition.

The customer must be aware of the state of the document ordered ("Information / state of conservation"). The abbreviations used to describe the state of conservation of the certificates presented are:

  • EF (Extremely Fine): Superb condition. The bonds can however be presented folded generally at the coupon level.
  • EF / VF: Very good condition with slight stains, small tears or marked folds
  • VF (Very Fine): Good condition with slight stains, marked folds and tears sometimes repaired
  • F / VF: Good condition with very marked folds or medium tears, sometimes repaired
  • F (Fine): Good condition despite larger stains, holes or tears repaired.

☑️  Numistoria Pass, Authentication certificate

As we have been the leading French scripophily specialist for over 40 Years, our Scripophily Expert is able to provide Numistoria Pass, a  Certificate of Authentication for delivered items (order it online).

➡️ You can then add the certificate by searching for the reference 22843 and adding it to your basket. 

View Numistoria Pass, certificate of authenticity