Wednesday, September 23, 2015


detail from the share certificate below
signature of the artist Tomasz in lower right border
double-click image to enlarge

Collector gems on Facebook
Last week a collector friend tagged me in a Facebook post. I was pleasantly suprised reading that he "nominated" me for the #scripophilychallenge. Cool. The idea is that, once nominated, you post an image of your favorite bond or share certificate on Facebook, explain briefly why you like it, and, important, that you nominate three other collector friends. Certainly an opportunity to discover what more scripophily gems are out there. Sounds like fun, doesn't it.

Ouéme-Dahomey share certificate designed by Tomasz
Compagnie de L'Ouémé-Dahomey
100 Francs share, Paris 1899
my "scripophilychallenge"

This is how it works 
According to the rules of the game, you have three days to react after you've been tagged in a #scripophilychallenge message. 
  1. Use the hashtag #scripophilychallenge in your post, that way others can click it and find all related posts.
  2. Upload your image and tell something about it.
  3. Nominate three other collector friends. Tag them in your post like this: type @ and then type the friend's name.
  4. Ask them to post their favorite certificate and nominate three more people within three days . 

Facebook stock certificate specimen
Source: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Be careful
Basically, the game is an online chain letter which contains a message that attempts to convince the recipients (the nominated ones) to make a number of copies of the message and then pass them on to a number of recipients. The scripophily community on Facebook isn't a big one, so be careful, try to nominate friends who have not been nominated yet. Otherwise, your friends might end up getting nominated ten times a week for the entire season.


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