Beautifully engraved Specimen certificate from the American RE Corporation
dated 1994. This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company and has an
ornate border with a vignette of a colored picture of the company's headquarters next to an allegorical women. This item has the printed signatures of the Company’s Chairman, Edward B. Jobe.
American Re Corp, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, is one of the largest providers of property and casualty reinsurance in the United States. The company was formed to acquire American Re-Insurance Company, which was formed in 1917, from Aetna Life and Casualty Company, which was effected on September 30, 1992. American Re-Insurance is the third largest property and casualty reinsurance company in the United States based on 1995 premiums written and statutory surplus. It underwrites property and casualty reinsurance directly in both the domestic and international markets, and thereby provides reinsurance directly to primary insurance companies without the assistance of reinsurance brokers.
As a member of the Munich Re Group, American Re is backed by Munich Re’s exceptional financial strength, and its over-120-year commitment to reinsurance.
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.