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About ten years ago, some of my parents friends bought me one share of mcdonalds stock. Since then, it has split twice. Now that I am just getting in to investing, I want to send it off to my broker. Thing is, I only have one piece of paper in my name. I have never actually laid my eyes on an actual stock certificate; I do not know if one share corresponds to one piece of paper, or if one piece of paper states the fraction of the company it represents or what.

When I send the piece of paper to my broker, will they realize that it is really worth four shares? Are there some extra steps I need to take before sending the shares to my broker?

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