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Stock Certificate

A physical piece of paper representing shares of ownership in a company. While records of ownership are usually maintained in electronic databases, stock certificates may also serve as proof of shares owned.

 

Each stock certificate reflects a unique identification number, the number of shares owned, a corporate seal and signatures. Each also typically features intricate designs similar to currency in order to discourage counterfeiting.

 

EXAMPLE:

In Wisconsin, Green Bay Packers fans are so proud of any shares they have purchased in the fan-owned NFL franchise that many homes feature prominent displays of framed Packers stock certificates. Go Pack Go!