Welcome to the American Oil & Gas Historical Society’s discussion page for old, often obscure petroleum stock certificates. 

Although the U.S. oil and natural gas industry, launched by a 1859 discovery in Titusville, Pennsylvania, has drilled millions of wells, chances are the certificate you found will not make you rich. 

As Pulitzer Prize-winning author Daniel Yergin notes in his book, The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power, more than 150 years of boom-and-bust cycles have witnessed the rise and fall of many thousands of exploration companies.

Your grandparents’ certificates are probably among them.

“What happened to this old petroleum company…and does its stock certificate have value?”

Unless it is a rare collectible, few certificates have commercial value today. However, scripophily, the collection of antique stocks and bonds, is growing more popular.

“Certificates are valued for their vignettes, which often depict bygone industries and times, and their historical significance,” notes one collector. For information about certificates in general, visit the U.S. Securities and Exchange – SEC – website. Again, most old stock certificates have limited value, except perhaps to collectors.

To continue here, first see if information about your oil petroleum stock certificate already has been posted in Is my Old Oil Stock worth Anything? There are also helpful research tips in Oil Stocks.

You are invited to post your petroleum-related certificate questions. Before seeking answers, search for your stock on this forum’s posts.

Details and a specific question here are more likely to elicit helpful responses from other visitors. In time, this sharing of comments could help produce useful research sources.

Before you post, perhaps consider contributing (from your potential future windfall) to maintain this page at the American Oil & Gas Historical Society with a donation.

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