Beautiful engraved specimen certificate from the American Beef Packers
printed in 1969. This historic document was printed by American Beef Packers Inc and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of an allegorical woman standing in front of a city. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President and Secretary and is over 50 years old.
The American Beef Packers Company was started in the Texas Panhandle in the early '70's, and was short-lived, as they went bankrupt in 1975. The bankruptcy was just after many farmers had delivered their entire year's output of cattle, but before they got paid, and the farmers lost over $20 million. This led to an amendment to the Federal Packers & Stockyards Act. The assets were sold to Swift.
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 over the past several years.