Beautifully engraved specimen $1000 Convertible Capital Note Certificate from the Chase Manhattan Bank
printed in 1970. This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of an Salmon Chase. This item has the printed signatures of the Company’s Chairman of the Board, David Rockefeller and President, and is over 46 years old.
JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., doing business as Chase Bank, is a national bank that constitutes the consumer and commercial banking subsidiary of the multinational banking corporation JP Morgan Chase. The bank was known as Chase Manhattan Bank until it merged with J.P. Morgan & Co. in 2000. Chase Manhattan Bank was formed by the merger of the Chase National Bank and the Bank of the Manhattan Company in 1955. The bank is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, since its merger with Bank One Corporation in 2004. In 2008, the bank acquired the deposits and most assets of Washington Mutual.
Chase offers more than 5,100 branches and 16,100 ATM's nationwide. JP Morgan Chase has 265,359 employees (as of 2014) and operates in more than 100 countries. JP Morgan Chase currently has assets of approximately US$2.6 trillion.
JP Morgan Chase, through its Chase subsidiary, is one of the Big Four banks of the United States.
History from Wikipedia and
stock certificate research service)
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.