BizTerm Definition
Stock Certificate
Short Definition
The document that shows stock ownership
Full Definition

A written instrument that shows ownership of a corporation in shares of stock in a corporation.



A stock certificate specifies the name of the corporation, the certificate number, the number of shares the certificate represents, the date the shares are being issued and one or two signatures from authorized officers of the corporation. Additionally, the certificate could specify the number of authorized shares, the par value, and restrictions.


The back of the certificate usually contains space to enter transfer information enabling the holder of the certificate to transfer the certificate to another party




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