I have only ever bought one stock, and I did it on a whim ($100 whim) online. I know my broker mails me a small phone book when I pick new funds for my IRAs, but I honestly don't remember getting anything for my shares in the company.
I was talking about when people find some long lost original shares of Coke in a family chest in the attic of a house they are selling. After years of splits and whatever they are suddenly rich.
Can you still get a certificate? Are they only for special people / occasions? Is there any advantage to having an actual physical note instead of a website?