Beautifully engraved specimen certificate from the Associated Brewing Company
printed in 1970. This historic document was printed by the Federated Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of an allegorical man next to the company's logo with a Michigan map in the background. This item has the printed signatures of the Company’s President, and Secretary, and is over 46 years old.
In 1962 Pfeiffer changed corporate title to Associated Brewing Company.
Associated Brewing Company of Detroit, Michigan operated a chain of regional breweries, namely Jacob Schmidt (St. Paul, Minnesota), Sterling Brewers (Evansville, Indiana), Drewry’s (with plants in Chicago, Illinois and South Bend, Indiana) and Hampden-Harvard Breweries (Willimasett, Massachusetts).
History from Wikipedia and
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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.