Beautifully engraved RARE Specimen certificate from New York and Richmond Gas Company
dated 1941. This historic document was printed by Columbian Bank Note Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of an allegorical woman sitting with a city and river behind. This item is over 65 years old andhas 50 coupons attached on the right side.
The Brooklyn Union Gas Company, a New York State corporation which was organized under the Transportation Corporations Law of the State of New York on September 9,1895, engaged in supplying gas and gas services to customers in the Counties of Kings, Queens and Richmond, and was subject to the supervision of the New York State Department of Public Service.
On January 11, 1957, pursuant to an agreement dated August 22, 1956, The Kings County Lighting Company and The New York and Richmond Gas Company were combined with Brooklyn Union Gas Company.
KeySpan Corporation was formed in May 1998 as a result of the merger of KeySpan Energy Corporation, the parent company of Brooklyn Union Gas, and certain businesses of the Long Island Lighting Company. On November 8, 2000, KeySpan acquired Eastern Enterprises, a Massachusetts business trust, and the parent of several gas utilities operating in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
KeySpan Corporation is the fifth largest distributor of natural gas in the United States and the largest in the Northeast, operating regulated gas utilities in New York, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire that serve 2.6 million customers.
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 we 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 grown in popularity over the past several years.