Beautifully engraved RARE SPECIMEN certificate from the Seattle Lighting Company
. This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company around 1920 and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of a shield between two allegorical women.
Seattle Lighting Company established the Old Seattle Gas Plant on Lake Union shore which still stands as a symbol of Seattle history. It's now part of Gas Works Park, a 20.5 acre park. From 1906 until 1956, the Seattle Lighting Company occupied the site on Lake Union. In 1963, the City of Seattle started buying the property with intentions of building a park for the city, and in 1968 the development of an urban park on the site was approved.
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 and realized nice appreciation in value over the past several years.