Beautifully engraved specimen certificate from the Veritas Energy Services Inc.
. This historic document was printed by B.A. Banknote and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of man sitting on a chair. This item has printed signatures by the Company's President and Vice-President.
Veritas DGC Inc., now headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a leading provider of integrated geophysical, geological and reservoir technologies to the petroleum industry worldwide. With over 36 years of operating experience, more than 3,000 employees in 19 countries on six continents, and revenues of US$503 million for fiscal 2003, Veritas is one of the world's leading providers of advanced geophysical technologies. Veritas is traded publicly under the ticker symbol 'VTS' on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges.
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.