Beautifully engraved SPECIMEN certificate from BET Holdings, Inc.. This historic document was printed by Thomas de la Rue and has a
block border. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President/Chief Executive Officer and Secretary.
Black Entertainment Television (BET), a subsidiary of Viacom, is the nation's leading 24-hour television network providing quality entertainment, news and public affairs programming for the African-American audience. The BET Network reaches more than 71.4 million households according to Nielsen media research. BET is a dominant consumer brand in the urban marketplace with a diverse group of branded businesses: BET.com, the Number 1 internet portal for African Americans; BET Digital Networks -- BET Jazz, BET Gospel and BET Hip-Hop, a new alternative for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Uptown, BET's urban satellite radio channel on the XM Satellite service; and BET Books, the nation's leading publisher of African American-themed romance novels under the Arabesque Books label.
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.
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