Guess this is as good a time as any to start a thread on one of my favorite topics: stock and bond certificates. I personally collect intaglio engraved certificates from the U.S. and a few from other countries. I have a preference for railroad stocks, which is how I first started collecting, but I've branched into all manner of businesses -- mining, banking, utilities, transportation, and even theaters. I also have a soft spot for specimen certificates from the various bank note companies.
I posted another thread on this subject already --
Stocks & bonds: What $72 million looks like
This time I'm hoping to get some other fans of these beautiful securities to post their favorites. No restrictions on business type, nationality, or variety. Just show us some of the certificates you have that you like the most. I'll post a number of favorites from my collection to get things going, starting with some railroads.
Note there's no smokestack on the locomotive in the NY Central bond -- that's because it's electric! These battery-powered engines were used primarily for short commuter trips, not for long-haul freight trains. It's also a specimen certificate -- serial number 00000.