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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Steve Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 September 2012 at 01:50
I hope you are keeping track of how many shares have been issued Tom. It'd be interesting to see what proportion of the 'company' my 1666666668
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tom Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 September 2012 at 02:16
Current shares issued is in the range of 330 billion, so 1 2/3 billion is about one half of one percent of the total. Rumor has it that trillion share stamps are being contemplated. 


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So the bad news is that there's been... shall we say... a significant drop in the going shares price for Dread Pirate Robert's thirteenth voyage, still yet to get underway. It is now confirmed that trillion share stamps have been seen, and rumors are wafting about the pirately realms concerning the new certificates and stamps. 

It's worth taking a moment to review what a trillion is. 

If you had, let's say, a million pounds... in one pound coins. Those weigh 9.5 grams apiece. So a million of them would weigh 9.5 million grams, or 9,500 kilograms, about nine and a half tonnes. It would all fit on the back of a medium sized lorry. And that's one million pounds... a lot of money right? A nice thing to have. You could fill a small room (assuming it had a sturdy floor) and live on it quite nicely for some time. 

A trillion pounds in coin would weigh a million times that... we're talking nine and a half million tonnes. That's half again as much as the weight of the Great Pyramid at Giza!

Lets look at a trillion another way... if a sheet of paper is worth, say, one penny, and you chopped the paper up into ten thousand tiny pieces by shredding it into a hundred strips vertically and horizontally, each tiny piece of confetti would be about 1mm square. Very tiny, essentially worthless. But let's say that a whole sheet of paper is worth a penny and each of those pieces of confetti is a certificate worth one share and about one ten-thousandth of a penny. So if a single sheet of paper makes ten thousand shares, then it takes a stack of one hundred sheets, about an inch thick and costing about a pound to make a million shares. It would then take a million of those stacks to make a trillion shares... so if we stacked them on pallets five feet high and four feet square, it would take a thousand such pallets, or enough to fill a massive convoy of fifty full sized eighteen-wheel flatbead trucks. A million pounds worth of paper just to print a trillion tiny confetti sized share certificates.

So even if the share price has dropped to millions to the penny, a trillion is a lot. I'm going to ask around among the denizens and see if I can find some to photograph. 

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As expected... trillion share certificates have been seen changing hands in some of the seedier wharf-side dives. Whatever their original issue price, they have gained a rough parity of value with the more common ten-dollar bill. The certificates are somewhat smaller than the earlier ones, and they have the stamps affixed on the obverse instead of the reverse side. Stamps are cancelled and tied with a large red "13". Most examples seen have been folded and carried a great deal. Crisp flat unfolded examples with good centering (as in the attached photos) may demand a premium. Beware of forgeries lacking the proper embossing or the correct font on the cancellation numerals. 






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Do you happen to have anything up your sleeve for 'Speak Like a Pirate Day' this year Tom?  Big smile
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