Beautifully engraved RARE specimen certificate from Imperial Irrigation District
dated 1915. This historic document was printed by American Bank Note Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of a waterway with a dredger. This item and is over 91 years old. This is the first time we have had this for sale.
Formed in 1911, the Imperial Irrigation District was made to acquire the properties of the bankrupt California Development Company and its Mexican subsidiary. The Imperial Irrigation District had acquired 13 mutual water companies, which had developed and operated distribution canals in the Imperial Valley, by 1922.
Since 1942, water has been diverted at Imperial Dam on the Colorado River through the All-American Canal, all of which the Imperial Irrigation District operates and maintains.
History from Wikipeida and OldCompanyResearch.com.
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.