Beautifully engraved SPECIMEN certificate from the Skyline Corporation
dated 1979. This historic document was printed by the Security-Columbian Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of a woman instructing two men of their orders. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President and Secretary and is
over 24 years old.
Founded in 1951 in Elkhart, Indiana, Skyline initially produced the affordable housing units popularly known as house trailers or mobile homes. These units evolved into today's manufactured and modular housing. In 1960, we opened our first travel trailer plant. During its 50-plus years of operation, Skyline has built more than 850,000 homes and 430,000 recreational vehicles (RVs), most of them travel trailers. Its sales over the years total in excess of $13 billion.
Corporate headquarters is in Elkhart, Indiana. It houses marketing services, accounting, information technology, engineering, product development, financial, legal and other corporate functions. Products are built by 23 operating divisions located in 12 states across the country. Of the 23 divisions, 18 produce housing and six produce RVs.
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.