Beautifully engraved SCARCE specimen certificate from the Chemical New York Corporation
printed in 1972. This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of an allegorical woman. This item has the printed signatures of the Company’s Chairman of the Board, and Secretary, and is over 43 years old.
Chemical Bank was a bank with headquarters in New York City from 1824 until 1996. The bank operated as the primary subsidiary of the Chemical Banking Corporation, a bank holding company established in 1988. At the end of 1995, Chemical was the third largest bank in the U.S. with approximately $182.9 billion in assets.
Beginning in 1920 but accelerating in the 1980s and 1990s, Chemical was a leading consolidator of the banking industry in the United States, acquiring Chase Manhattan Bank, Manufacturers Hanover, Texas Commerce Bank and Corn Exchange Bank among others. Following Chemical's acquisition of Chase, the bank adopted the venerable Chase brand. What had been Chemical Bank is now a foundational component of what today is JPMorgan Chase.
Chemical Bank was headquartered in New York City with more than 39,000 employees globally as of the end of 1995.
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.