Beautiful engraved specimen Gold Note Certificate from the American Bosch Magneto
dated in 1921. This historic document was printed by Hamilton Bank Note Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of an eagle. This item is over 89 years old.
Robert Bosch GmbH is a German diversified technology-based corporation which was started in 1886 by Robert Bosch in Stuttgart, Germany.
Robert Bosch GmbH is the world's largest supplier of automobile components and has business relationships with virtually every automobile company in the world. The headquarters of Bosch is in Gerlingen, near Stuttgart. Franz Fehrenbach became chairman on July 1, 2003. The Bosch Group comprises more than 275 subsidiary companies.
1886 Opening of Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering in Stuttgart on November 15
1887 First low-voltage magneto from Bosch for stationary petrol engines
1897 First low-voltage magneto ignition for motor vehicle internal combustion engines
1901 First plant in Stuttgart
1902 First commercially viable high-voltage spark plug
1906 Production of 100,000th magneto ignition
1906 Introduction of 8-hour working day
1910 Opening of plant in Stuttgart-Feuerbach
1913 Start of production of headlights
1918 American assets seized; later become American Bosch Magneto
1926 Start of production of windscreen wipers
1927 First diesel fuel injection pump
1929 First TV Set from Fernseh AG Division
1932 Formation of Junkers & Co.
1932 First power drill from Bosch
1932 First Blaupunkt car audio
1936 First diesel fuel injection pump for passenger cars, such as the Mercedes-
1942 Death of the company founder Robert Bosch on March 12
1962 Worcester Bosch Group opens in England
1964 Robert Bosch Foundation
1970 Company headquarter moves to Gerlingen
1976 First oxygen sensors
1978 Worldwide first anti-lock braking system (ABS)
1979 First electronic engine management system (Motronic)
1986 Traction control system (TCS) on the market
1995 Acquisition of Atco-Qualcast Ltd
1995 First Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
1997 Common rail diesel fuel injection
2000 DI-Motronic gasoline direct injection system
2003 Acquisition of Buderus AG
2003 Digital car radio with MP3 drive and digital recorder (Blaupunkt)
2003 The formation of the Robert Bosch Tool Corporation and aquistion of S-B
Power Tool Corporation and Vermont American Corporation including the brand
names for Bosch Power Tools, Skil Power Tools, Dremel, Vermont-American, Primark brands, and Gilmour
2004 Third-generation common rail diesel injection for cars, with piezo injectors
2004 Bosch opens new Technology Center in Abstatt
2006 Bosch acquires Telex Communications, a maker of hearing aids, headsets and audio equipment, and partners with Daewoo to build Bosch refrigerators in Mexico
2007 The Bosch Communications Systems business unit is created to manage the brands and products of former Telex Communications
2008 Tata Nano, the $2,500 People's Car powered by Bosch-designed engine is unveiled at Auto Expo in New Delhi. Bosch plans to acquire majority stake in Ersol photovoltaics.
Specimen Certificates are actual certificates that have never been issued. They were usually kept by the printers in their permanent archives as their only example of a particular certificate. Sometimes you will see a hand stamp on the certificate that says "Do not remove from file".
Specimens were also used to show prospective clients different types of certificate designs that were available. Specimen certificates are usually much scarcer than issued certificates. In fact, many times they are the only way to get a certificate for a particular company because the issued certificates were redeemed and destroyed. In a few instances, Specimen certificates we made for a company but were never used because a different design was chosen by the company.
These certificates are normally stamped "Specimen" or they have small holes spelling the word specimen. Most of the time they don't have a serial number, or they have a serial number of 00000. This is an exciting sector of the hobby that grown in popularity over the past several years.