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Facebook Stock Certificate: This Is What A Real Share Looks Like (PHOTO)

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: Updated: 05/18/2012 10:33 am

As thousands of potential investors clamor to buy shares in Facebook, some old-fashioned investors are seeking the hard copy of the stock. With its IPO filing, Facebook included a photo of what the actual Facebook stock certificate looks like.

The stock certificate is reminiscent of another era, when hard copy shares were the only way to trade. Now an overwhelming majority of share trading is conducted online with the click of a button. Companies are no longer required to offer printed share certificates, though some still do -- for an extra price, of course.

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Serious investors seeking Facebook stock will buy shares through a brokerage firm or with an online brokerage account.
However, there is a market for one-time investors who are just looking for a piece of history. Websites, like GiveAShare.com and OneShare.com offer the option of purchasing individual shares, rather than requiring Facebook stock be bought in lots (bundles of 100 stocks).

These websites cater to occasional investors, who are looking to grab a piece of the company, without shelling out several grand.

"It interests people who are not ordinarily interested in the stock market," Rick Roman, the founder of GiveAShare.com, told CNN Money. "We've been getting people asking about it for a year."

GiveAShare.com allows buyers to purchase individual shares of Facebook, along with the hard copy of the stock certificate for an additional $39 fee.

Other online brokers such as ShareBuilder also allow limited orders for a fee.

Facebook is expected to begin trading today after raising $16 billion in an initial public offering Thursday. The company priced its IPO at $38 a share.

Check out the gallery below to see the biggest Internet IPOs of the past decade.

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  • Google: $1.67 Billion

    Google <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/19/business/weak-demand-leads-google-to-lower-its-sights.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm" target="_hplink">raised $1.67 billion</a> in its August 2004 IPO, valuing the company at $23 billion. As of May 15, 2012, Google <a href="http://www.dailyfinance.com/quote/nasdaq/google/goog" target="_hplink">was worth $199.2 billion</a>.

  • Yandex: $1.3 Billion

    The Russian search engine and web company <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/24/yandex-ipo-russia-search-engine-linkedin_n_866226.html" target="_hplink">raised $1.3 billion went it went public</a> in May 2011, giving it a valuation of around $8 billion. As of May 15, 2012, it had <a href="http://www.dailyfinance.com/quote/nasdaq/yandex-nv/yndx" target="_hplink">a market capitalization of $37.5 billion</a>.

  • Shanda Games Ltd.: $1.04 Billion

    Shanda Games, a Chinese online gaming company, raised $1.04 billion when it went public in Sept. 2009. That month, it had a market capitalization of $976.95 million, <a href="http://ycharts.com/companies/GAME/price#series=type:company,id:GAME,calc:price,,id:GAME,type:company,calc:market_cap&zoom=&startDate=9/25/2009&endDate=11/30/2011&format=real&recessions=false" target="_hplink">according to data from YCharts</a>. As of May 15, 2012, the company <a href="http://www.dailyfinance.com/quote/nasdaq/shanda-games-limited/game" target="_hplink">had a market capitalization of $1.3 billion</a>.

  • Zynga: $1 Billion

    Social gaming company Zynga raised $1 billion in its IPO in December, 2011, then the biggest web-related IPO since Google, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/16/znga-ipo-nasdaq_n_1153518.html?ref=technology" target="_hplink">according to the Associated Press</a>. Zynga had a valuation of $7 billion before it began trading on the Nasdaq on December 16. As of May 15, 2012, the company <a href="https://www.google.com/finance?client=ob&q=NASDAQ:ZNGA" target="_hplink">had a market capitalization of $6.31 billion</a>.

  • Giant Interactive Group Inc.: $887 million

    Giant Interactive Group, a Chinese online gaming company, raised $887 million when it went public in October 2007. In December of that year, the company had a market capitalization of $3.358 billion, <a href="http://ycharts.com/companies/GA/price#series=type:company,id:GA,calc:price,,id:GA,type:company,calc:market_cap&zoom=10&startDate=&endDate=&format=real&recessions=false" target="_hplink">according to data from YCharts</a>. As of May 15, 2012, the company <a href="http://www.dailyfinance.com/quote/nyse/giant-interactive-group/ga" target="_hplink">was valued at $1.2 billion</a>.

  • RenRen: $743 Million

    RenRen, the Chinese social networking site, raised $743 million in its IPO in May 2011, <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/04/us-renren-ipo-idUSTRE7433HI20110504" target="_hplink">according to Reuters</a>. At the end of its first day of trading, the company had a market value of $7.4 billion. As of May 15, 2012, RenRen's <a href="http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=RENN" target="_hplink">market capitalization stood at $2.3 billion</a>.

  • Groupon: $700 Million

    The daily deals site <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/04/groupon-ipo-biggest-since-google_n_1075374.html" target="_hplink">raised $700 million in its IPO</a> in November 2011, valuing the company at nearly $13 billion. As of May 15, 2012, Groupon's value was $7.85 billion.

  • Vonage: $531 million

    Vonage, the VoIP company, <a href="http://www.cnbc.com/id/46209095/The_10_Biggest_Internet_IPOs?slide=6" target="_hplink">raised $531 million when it went public</a> in May 2006, CNBC reports. The next month, it had a market capitalization of $1.338 billion, <a href="http://ycharts.com/companies/VG/price#series=type:company,id:VG,calc:price,,id:VG,type:company,calc:market_cap&zoom=&startDate=5/24/2006&endDate=5/16/2012&format=real&recessions=false" target="_hplink">according to data from YCharts</a>. As of May 16, 2012, Vonage <a href="http://www.dailyfinance.com/quote/nyse/vonage-holdings-corp/vg" target="_hplink">had a value of $387.1 million</a>.

  • Orbitz Worldwide Inc.: $510 Million

    Orbitz, the online travel company, raised $510 million when it went public in July 2007. As of May 15, 2012, the company <a href="https://www.google.com/finance?client=ob&q=NYSE:OWW" target="_hplink">had a market capitalization of $393.05 million</a>.

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