Beautifully engraved SPECIMEN certificate from the AOL Time Warner Company
. This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company. The certificate has the logos of all their major companies including America Online, CNN, Looney Tunes, Netscape, digital city, Mapquest, MovieFone, Turner Broadcasting, Home Box Office, Time Inc., Time Warner Trade Publishing, Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, Warner Music Group, Time Warner Cable, CompuServe, Sports Illustrated and more.
This historic certificate has the printed signatures of the Company's Authorized Officers including Steve Case as Chairman of the Board and Gerald Levin as Chief Executive Officer.
The Two X-Amigos
On October 16, 2003 Time Warner Inc. announced that it will operate under its new corporate name which was its old corporate name priot to the AOL merger fiasco. The ticker symbol for the company's common stock also will change to "TWX" with this morning's opening of the New York Stock Exchange.
Time Warner's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dick Parsons said: "The Time Warner name more accurately represents the portfolio of our valuable businesses, all of which are making important contributions to the overall company."
In conjunction with its name change, Time Warner also will have a new corporate logo. In addition, the company's Web site URL will change to http://www.timewarner.com.
About Time Warner Inc.
Time Warner is the world's leading media and entertainment company, whose businesses include filmed entertainment, interactive services, television networks, cable systems, publishing and music.
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.