The year of the certificate says 188-. The last number was not added which leads me to believe, that it is well over 129 years old, and it was probably signed in the year of 1880. My guess, is that people at that time were not very detailed people, meaning because the year ended in zero, that they just omitted it. And then there is the number of the certificate, which is #4, meaning that this was the 4th certificate ever issued, within this company. In the lower- left- hand corner, (which I have noted on this copy), is a circle stamp, which I believe to be a rubber stamp. The circle says, "The Flat Rock Coal Company Lexington, KY." Inside the circle, it show a replica of a train pulling coal. I know nothing about the significance, of the signatures, on the certificate at this time.For a more in-depth view of the certificate, click on the certificate above which is the thumbnail.
On the lower-right-hand corner, you can see a little indentation, of the circle, from the circle stamp, (which I noted on the front side of the certificate).The fold lines, I had been told, that back in the 1800's people use to fold their certificates and store them in a book or some sort of storage, for safe keeping. This is why I believe it came into my hands from an old book I must have purchased at sometime in my life. All in all, I find this old stock certificate, very facinating, and I feel that there is a lot of history in this old stock certificate, that I do not know. For a more in-depth view of the certificate, click on the certificate above which is the thumbnail.
I am looking for any information I can, in reguards to this beautiful certificate. I cordially invite the general public, and especially the Kentucky public, to view it, and send comments back to me, if you have any information reguarding it. After all, this certificate might belong to someone's great - great- grandfather.
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