LSEG suggests the best way to see whether a shares certificate is still valid and worth selling is to consult a stockbroker. … Another way to check on a share certificate’s validity is to contact the company registrars whose name should be written on the certificate.
One thing you may not have considered is the value of the certificates as collectibles. If they are rare or unusually ornate and would look eye-catching when framed, they may be worth selling to collectors.
How do I find out if a stock certificate is worth anything?
Determine the collectible value of your certificate if it no longer has stock value. A stock can have worth based on who signed it, historical interest, or the engraving. This value can be found by contacting dealers, researching libraries, or searching listings on eBay.
From 2025, many of your paper share certificates will become meaningless, as share holdings in listed companies will only be recorded in electronic format from then on. No new share certificates for listed companies will be issued from January 2023.
The best place to start is to check with the share registrar – the organisation that maintains the list of shareholders in a particular company – that is named on the certificate. There are three main registrars in the UK – Capita, Lloyds TSB and Computershare.
First, look for any signs that suggest the stock certificate is still valid. A valid stock certificate bears the name of the beneficiary. Also, all seals and signatures should be undamaged. In other words, there should be no hole punches or stamps over any of the seals or signatures on the certificate.
Another way to check on a share certificate’s validity is to contact the company registrars whose name should be written on the certificate. Companies use registrars to keep a record of who owns their shares.
Contact the company you’ve invested in and ask for the investor relations department. Identify yourself, then inquire when the stock certificate was registered to you, and when it was mailed. The company should have a complete record of this transaction and should have tracked the certificate.
How do I cash in old stock certificates?
If you can track down the issuing company and get its CUSIP number, you can reach out to a transfer agent, complete a transfer form and place a sell order to cash in your old stock certificate. Otherwise, you could simply keep the certificate if the company no longer exists.
How to trade share certificates
- Place your online trade. You can trade shares in any UK company that Equiniti maintains the share register for. …
- Send share certificate & CREST Transfer form. Please send your share certificate(s) and a signed CREST Transfer form to finalise the sale. …
Stock Certificates Are No Longer Necessary
Today, most of the world’s exchanges have either done away with or are phasing out paper certificates. Stock ownership is much easier to prove now thanks to electronic records and electronic communication networks (ECN).
A share certificate is a written document signed on behalf of a corporation that serves as legal proof of ownership of the number of shares indicated. A share certificate is also referred to as a stock certificate.
If an investor does not have or loses their stock certificate, they are still the owner of their shares and entitled to all the rights that come with them. If an investor wants a stock certificate, or if it is lost, stolen, or damaged, they can receive a new one by contacting a company’s transfer agent.
You can trace other lost shares by contacting the three main share registrars: Link Asset Services (Linkgroup.eu or 0371664 0300); Computershare (Computershare.com/uk); and Equiniti (Equiniti.com or 0371 384 2030).
Any person whose shares / unclaimed dividend or other amount such as matured deposits, matured debentures, application money due for refund, or interest thereon, sale proceeds of fractional shares, redemption proceeds of preference shares etc. have been transferred by the company to IEPF may claim the shares and/or …
Recovery of Shares
- Transfer of shares after death of an original shareholder.
- Transfer of physical shares.
- Recovery of lost shares.
- Issue of duplicate shares.
- The claim of shares from IEPF.
- The claim of dividend from IEPF.
- Following up with Registrar and Transfer Agent (RTA) for transfer of shares.