The Gift of History. This historic document has a vignette of a bust of Ben Franklin next to a lit torch with an early fire hose. This item is hand signed by the Companys President and Secretary (Charles Nicoll Bancker) and is over 175 years old. It has maroon cancellation stamps to signify the certificate was redeemed. This was passed by an Act of Assembly, approved and signed by Governor J. Andrew Shulze on April 22, 1829. The first meeting of the sale of stock was at Daniwl Rubican’s Tavern where the stock sale was fully subscribed. The original founders of the company were Henry C. Biddle, Richard Willing, James Schott, Samuel W. Jones, Thomas Hart, Thomas I. Wharton, Tobias Wanger, Charles Roberts, Levi Ellmaker and William Chaloner. Charles Nicoll Bancker was born in 1778 and died in 1869. He was a Merchant and Financier. He owned a substantial library of the period, which was used by Charles Wilkes’s Expedition after 1837. Charles Bancker is known to have the first lyre-back chairs made by Duncan Phyfe, and, indeed, among the first made in this country. They are almost certainly the first to be mentioned in correspondence between Phyfe and one of his clients. Bancker was also a member of the American Philosophical Society. SCRIPOPHILY (scrip-af-il-ly) is the name of the hobby collecting of stock and bond certificates. The hobby gained recognition in and the name was born in 1978. The Scripophily name resulted by combining the words from English and Greek. The word “scrip” represents an ownership right and the word “philos” means to love. To the best of our knowledge, everything we sell is 100% authentic and we do not sell reproductions of stock and bond certificates. If the item is a one of a kind, you will naturally get the item shown. If we have more than one example of the item listed, we will provide you the same type of item in all respects such as dates, color, style, signatures, etc. As indicated in our guarantee, if you are unhappy for any reason or you simply change your mind, feel free to return the item. If you’re not satisfied, we’re not satisfied. Redeemable vs Collectible Certificates. Furthermore, these certificates are issued in the name of our company (Scripophily) and contains no personal names or information to detract from the presentation or future value. We own all of the RM Smythe old stock research archives, and the publishing rights and copyrights on obsolete research reference material published by the Marvyn Scudders Manuals, the Robert D. Fisher Manuals, and Herzog & Co. We have items on display in the Museum of American Finance in New York, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. Bob Kerstein has been featured on CNBC, Today Show, Inside Edition, Associated Press, USA Today, Baltimore Sun, Washington Post and in many other media publications. Our company specializes in Frauds, Scandals, Bankruptcies, Dot Coms, as well as the traditional American and International industries. Our Company is a name you can Trust. Our products are proudly displayed in homes, offices and museums all over the world. Check out our About Me Page. Bob Kerstein, PSTA, President. American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Virginia Society CPA’s Bob Kerstein, Member. Better Business Bureau Member Rated A+. Track Page Views With. Auctiva’s FREE Counter. The item “Franklin Fire Insurance Company Authentic Stock Certificate 1839 Ben Franklin” is in sale since Friday, July 15, 2016. This item is in the category “Coins & Paper Money\Stocks & Bonds, Scripophily\Financial Institutions”. The seller is “scripophily.com” and is located in Fairfax, Virginia. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Sweden, Indonesia, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Colombia, Costa rica, Dominican republic, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Bolivia, Iceland, Peru, Viet nam, Uruguay.