Beautifully engraved SPECIMEN certificate from the Coca - Cola Company
. 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.
The Coca-Cola Company is the world's largest beverage company and is the leading producer and marketer of soft drinks. The Company markets four of the world's top five soft drink brands, including Coca-Cola, diet Coke, Fanta and Sprite. Through the world's largest distribution system, consumers in nearly 2,000 countries enjoy The Coca-Cola Company's products at a rate of more than 1 billion servings each day.
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.