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.
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.
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).
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.
As soon as a shareholder realises that a share certificate has been lost, stolen or destroyed, they should contact the company secretary, or directors of the company concerned, both to report the loss and to request a replacement share certificate.
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.
Take the certificate to a notary public, and sign it in the notary’s presence. Send the stock certificate to the transfer agent by certified mail along with any required documentation of your ownership rights.
Check Your Share Certificate Status
If your stock certificate was issued by Transfer Online™, on behalf of your Issuing Company, you can use the information printed on the certificate to check its status. (If it was issued by Transfer Online, the counter-signature will say ‘Transfer Online™’.)
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. …
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.
If you have lost or misplaced your share certificates of any listed company, you need to immediately inform the respective company—of which you had the shares. … When a company receives an intimation that you have lost the shares, the folio number or the details provided to the company are frozen—in lieu of the lost one.
How to locate lost shareholdings through the ASIC website. Search for lost shareholdings and unclaimed money through the Australian Government website moneysmart.gov.au. The ASIC website contains details of how to claim your money.