Beautifully engraved SPECIMEN certificate from Alcan Aluminum Limited
. This historic document was printed by British American Bank Note Inc. and has a
block border around it with a vignette of workers under a map of Earth. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President and Secretary.
With approximately 88,000 employees in more than 60 countries, Alcan has leading positions in raw materials, primary metals, fabricated products and packaging. These include products and systems for the automotive and mass transportation markets, aluminum sheet for beverage cans, as well as flexible and specialty packaging for the food, pharmaceutical and personal care industries worldwide. Alcan is also a combination of world-class smelting business, leading smelter cell technology and leading rolling businesses that creates a world-leading aluminum company and a US$6 billion global leader in packaging.
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 and realized nice appreciation in value over the past several years.