Beautifully engraved RARE Specimen $1000 Gold Bond Certificate from American Coal Products Company
dated 1913. This historic document was printed by Hamilton Bank Note Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of a coal mining facility. This item is over 102 years old. 5 coupons attached on right side.
AlliedSignal began in 1920 with the amalgamation of five leading American chemical manufacturers to form Allied Chemical & Dye Corporation. The new company, created by the financier and governmental adviser Eugene Meyer and the scientist William Nichols, came in response to the shortages of chemical commodities, such as dyes and drugs, that had been experienced in World War I because of Germany's control over the world's chemical industry. The five firms were Barrett Company (founded 1903 as American Coal Products Company), supplying coal tar chemicals and roofing; General Chemical Company (founded 1899), specializing in industrial acids; National Aniline & Chemical Company (founded 1917), producing dyes; Semet-Solvay Company (founded 1894), manufacturing coke and its by-products; and Solvay Process Company (founded 1881), producing alkalies and nitrogen materials.
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.