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scripophily (skri-POF-uh-lee) noun
The hobby of collecting historic stock and bond certificates. Also, such a collection.
[From scrip, short for subscription + -phily (love).]
"A sought-after category right now is Confederate bonds, many of which
were sold in Britain. Keith Hollender, a London-based scripophily
specialist with Herzog Hollender Phillips & Co., said British clothing
makers purchased them because they needed the American South's
"Check the library for reference books on collecting stocks and bonds,
a hobby known as scripophily, or get an appraisal from antiques
We all have collected stamps or something else as children. There are collectors for almost everything under the sun as a quick peek at eBay would show. And there are words for these hobbies of collecting and studying things: coins (numismatics), autographs (philography), matchbox covers (phillumeny), you name it.
This week we'll collect some of the words to describe these pursuits. Do you have a hobby of collecting something unusual?
A scholar knows no boredom. -Jean Paul Richter, writer (1763-1825)