Beautiful specimen certificate from the Virginia Electric Company
issued in 1898. This historic document was printed by the American Bank Note Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of an allegorical figure and the Virginia State Seal. This item is over 114 years old. 60 coupons attached.
The Virginia Electric Company, incorporated February 23, 1898, Acts 1897-98, page 495, and the Electrical Company of Virginia, incorporated March 10, 1884, Acts 1883-84, page 470 by agreement dated April 1, 1898, were merged and the consolidated company conducted under the name of the Virginia Electric Company, which latter company was acquired by the Norfolk and Ocean View Railway Company by deed of purchase, dated November 2, 1899.
History from OldCompany.com
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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.