Beautifully engraved specimen certificate from Ohio Edison Company
dated 1944. This historic document was printed by the Hamiliton Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of Hercules in a chariot with lightning and powerlines in the backgrounds. This item is over 62 years old.
Ohio Edison Company distributes electricity to more than 1 million customers in central and northeastern Ohio. Ohio Edison, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy, also has 4,800 MW of generating capacity from interests in primarily fossil-fueled and nuclear generation facilities, and it sells excess power to wholesale customers. The utility's power plants are operated by sister companies FirstEnergy Nuclear and FirstEnergy Generation. The company's Pennsylvania Power Company provides nearly 160,000 customers in western Pennsylvania with electric service.
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.