A nightmare scenario
You probably recognize the following dramatic experience that used to happen to me in the past more often than desired. The scenario is as follows :
In a good mood I visit a collectors fair. After strolling a while from one dealer table to another, I spot a certificate that looks quite interesting, for example this bond of the Valencia y Aragon railway company. Very soon the seller and me agree on the price.
Compañia de los Ferro Carriles de Valencia y Aragón
Compagnie des Chemins de Fer de Valence et Aragon
This Spanish railway company constructed a line between Valencia and Liria.
Incorporated in 1888 with a capital of 3 million Pesetas.
Became part of RENFE in 1941, the Spanish state-owned railway company.
Source, see Reference catalogue of the bonds and shares of
This bond in particular interested me because of the unusual and large revenue stamp at the top border of the paper. My good mood became even better and happy with the result I went back home still unaware of the nightmare yet to come. At home I inspected the condition of the paper again. There was a little pencil marking in the upper right corner indicating the selling price. I took my eraser and started removing the marking. Fate hit me hard. Upon the first eraser move the corner was gone. I was startled, I couldn't believe that I simply rubbed the corner from the paper in one single stroke. I just killed an antique bond. I became angry with myself and cursed my clumsiness.
A missing corner, a damaged certificate is the result.