Chicago Mercantile Exchange Holdings Inc.

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Beautifully engraved Commermorative Specimen certificate from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Holdings Inc. This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company and has an ornate border around it with an underprint of the stock exchange. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's Chairman and Corporate Secretary. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange was launched in 1898 as The Chicago Butter and Egg Board, provides a marketplace for agricultural commodities, as well as for interest rate, stock index, and foreign exchange futures. Products are traded on its floors, on its GLOBEX electronic trading system, and through privately negotiated transactions; it has teamed with the Chicago Board Options Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade to introduce single-stock futures contracts through joint venture OneChicago. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange demutualized, converted to a holding company structure, and went public in 2002.
About Specimens 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.