Beautifully engraved specimen Certificate of Deposit from the Hachijuni Bank, LTD.
printed in 1989. This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of the company's logo. This item is over 21 years old.
The Hachijuni Bank operates more than 150 branches in Japan, primarily in the central prefecture of Nagano. It serves individuals and businesses with traditional products as deposit services and loans. The bank also owns subsidiaries active in financial services including leasing, consumer loan guarantee, investment advisory, venture capital for high-tech firms, and credit cards. Overseas, Hachijuni has a branch in Hong Kong and representative offices in China, Singapore, and Thailand. The company was founded in Nagano City in 1931.
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.