Beautiful specimen certificate from the Newport News Savings and Loan Association
. This historic document was printed by the American Bank Note Company and has an ornate border around it with the company header. This item has the printed signatures of the Company’s President and Secretary. Stamped specimen.
1887-01-01 NEWPORT NEWS SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION located at NEWPORT NEWS, VA was established as a Savings & Loan Association.
1987-02-01 NEWPORT NEWS SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION was renamed to NEWPORT NEWS SAVINGS BANK and moved to 301 HIDEN BLVD. NEWPORT NEWS, VA and changed from Savings & Loan Association to State Savings Bank.
1993-01-01 NEWPORT NEWS SAVINGS BANK was renamed to TIDEMARK BANK FOR SAVINGS, F.S.B. and changed from State Savings Bank to Federal Savings Bank.
1993-11-09 TIDEMARK BANK FOR SAVINGS, F.S.B. was renamed to TIDEMARK BANK.
1995-03-24 TIDEMARK BANK was acquired by CRESTAR BANK.
1995-03-24 TIDEMARK BANK was renamed to HIDENWOOD BR and changed from Federal Savings Bank to Domestic Branch of a Domestic Bank.
1995-10-01 HIDENWOOD BR moved to 301 HIDEN BOULEVARD NEWPORT NEWS, VA.
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.