Beautifully engraved RARE Specimen $1000 District Bond Certificate from the Anna Maria Island Erosion Prevention
printed in 1952. This historic document was printed by Columbian Bank Note Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of an eagle. This item has 40 interest coupons attached on top and is over 55 years old. This is the first time we have had this for sale and we only have one.
In 1892 George Emerson Bean became the first permanent
resident on the Island and homesteaded much of what is
now the City of Anna Maria. In the early 1900s, Bean
began to develop the Island with the Anna Maria Beach
Company, which laid out streets, built sidewalks and
houses and installed a water system.
During this time, John Roser built the first house
of worship, Roser Memorial Community Church, in memory
of his mother. Roser was the creator of the Fig
Newton, which he eventually sold to Nabisco Brands.
Roser Memorial Community Church still stands and
attends to the spiritual needs of Islanders.
Typical of the early buildings is the present Island
Playhouse, which was built on the mainland. It was
transported to the Island by barge and has served the
community during its long life as church, school,
social and city hall.
The Magnolia Avenue School was built in the early
1900s and has since been replaced with the Anna Maria
Island Elementary School, which is located in the City
of Holmes Beach. The present school draws students
from north Longboat Key as well as Anna Maria Island;
it has a student body Just under of 400 house in a new Multi-million dollar campus facility
For years the only way to the Island was by boat. It
was not until 1921 that Anna Maria was physically
connected to the mainland by a wooden bridge that
extended westward from the fishing village of Cortez
to the Island. The Bradenton Beach fishing pier is the
western end of that original bridge.
Throughout the developmental period of the Island,
local city governments have worked diligently to
preserve the heritage of This "Island In The Sun" – Anna
It’s the setting for the perfect movie – spectacular
sunset, tropical breezes, stars and, oh yes, romance.
In 1948, MGM brought Esther Williams, Peter Lawford,
Ricardo Montalban, Jimmy Durante, Cyd Charisse, and
Xavier Cugat to Florida’s “Island in the Sun” to Anna
film “On an Island With You”. In the plot “a
beautiful movie star travels to Hawaii and finds
romance in this South Seas musical” but we all know
which island really gets credit for its portrayal of
Over the years, Anna Maria Island has provided the
perfect backdrop for Hollywood photo opportunities but
it wasn’t until 1998 that the island returned to the
big screen as the stage for the film noir mystery
“Palmetto” starring Woody Harrelson, Elisabeth Shue
and Gina Gershon, "OUT OF TIME" starring Denzel Washington, and "The Perfect Storm" starring George Clooney.
Background from the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce.
About Specimen Certificates
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 were 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 has grown in popularity over the past several years.