Beautifully engraved SPECIMEN certificate from the Belden Corporation
. This historic document was printed by the Security-Columbian Banknote Company in 1980 and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of an allegorical woman, generator and electric train. This item has the printed signatures of the Company’s President and Secretary.
Belden Inc. is a leading manufacturer of advanced wire, cable and fiber optic products. The world's foremost technology companies use Belden's products to build internet, intranet, and communications networks, automate manufacturing processes, and build state-of-the-art audio/video and recording studios.
Belden was the first to market with ethernet cables, fiber optic cables for industrial applications, enhanced category networking cables, and multimedia twisted pair products, just to name a few. Belden's patented Bonded-Pairs™ technology provides uniquely superior installed performance.
The products of Belden Electronics Division often serve as the backbone of computer networks, linking local area networks, workstations, and peripheral devices to each other and to telecommunications service wire. The company's industrial products are used in factory floor automation, closed-loop manufacturing systems, programmable controllers, robotics, and high-performance industrial equipment and instrumentation. Belden's entertainment/OEM products are in demand by television and radio studios, sports stadiums and arenas, casinos, and major events. Because of the exceptional quality of its products, Belden is often the exclusive supplier to high-profile projects such as the Olympics, where the company supplied millions of feet of specialty broadcast and data cable.
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 and realized nice appreciation in value over the past several years.