Beautiful engraved specimen certificate from the Sambo's Restaurants, Inc
incorporated in 1961. This historic document was printed by Jeffries Bank Note Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of the Sambo's logo. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President, Sam Battistone and Secretary and is over 47 years old.
On June 17, 1957 the first of Sambo's nationwide chain of family restaurants was opened. The name derived from a combination of the original owners Sam Battistone and Newell Bonette who commonly were referred to as Sam and Bo. When they discovered the book "Little Black Sambo" written by Hellen Bartrum in 1899, they thought it was the perfect match.
The company was forced to changed its name to Cocos after a huge public outcry back in the 1970s because the named was considered by some as racist.
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.