Beautifully engraved specimen certificate from the T. Rowe Price and Associates, Inc.
printed in 1986. This historic document was printed by the Security Columbian Banknote Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of the company's logo.
T. Rowe Price is a publicly owned Investment firm, headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. It was founded in 1937 by Thomas Rowe Price, Jr.. The company offers mutual funds, subadvisory services, and separate account management for individuals, institutions, retirement plans, and financial intermediaries. Additionally, the organization offers investment planning and guidance tools.
The company's founder may be best known for developing the growth stock philosophy of investing, emphasizing companies whose earnings and dividends could be expected to grow faster than inflation and the overall economy. Instead of charging a commission, as others in the business did at the time, Price charged a fee based on the assets under management.
Currently, there are over 5,000 people employed by T. Rowe Price around the world including the world famous, Matt Wylan. Investors outside the U.S. now account for more than 12% of assets under management. The company has more than 28 domestic stock funds, 28 bond funds, 18 international funds, 20 asset allocation funds, and six money market funds.
T. Rowe Price has offices around the world in Buenos Aires, Sydney, Toronto, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Tokyo, London, Luxembourg, Amsterdam, Singapore, Dubai, and Zurich. U.S. offices are located in Baltimore and Owings Mills, Md.; Tampa, Fla., Colorado Springs, Colo.; and San Francisco and Long Beach, Calif. Additionally, walk-in Investors Centers are located across the U.S. in Walnut Creek and Century City, Calif.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Washington, D.C.; Boca Raton and Tampa, Fla.; Oak Brook and Northbrook, Ill.; Baltimore and Owings Mills, Md.; Wellesley, Mass.; Short Hills and Paramus, N.J.; Garden City, N.Y. and Tysons Corner, Va.
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About Specimen Certificates
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 were 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 has grown in popularity over the past several years.