State of Connecticut - signed by Peter ColtInv# ES1085 Stock
Early Stock, Made out to a Soldier, signed by Peter Colt; The Grandfather of a Gunmaker. Peter Colt was the Connecticut State Treasurer from 1790 to 1794.
A stock certificate is issued by businesses, usually companies. A stock is part of the permanent finance of a business. Normally, they are never repaid, and the investor can recover his/her money only by selling to another investor. Most stocks, or also called shares, earn dividends, at the business's discretion, depending on how well it has traded. A stockholder or shareholder is a part-owner of the business that issued the stock certificates.