Beautiful specimen certificate from the Asahi/America, Inc.
printed in 1996. This historic document was printed by the Security-Columbian Banknote Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of their seal. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President, and Treasurer, and is over 20 years old.
Asahi/America has made is a subsidiary of Japan-based Asahi Organic Chemicals Industry, Asahi/America makes and distributes corrosion-resistant products for fluid and gas flow, such as thermoplastic valves, tubing and piping systems, filtration equipment, flow meters, and components used in mining, pulp and paper, chemical/petrochemical, water treatment, aquarium, and semiconductor manufacturing applications. Asahi/America's revenues come from the distribution of valves made by its parent company, pipe made by Asahi partner Austrian firm Alois-Gruber, and from the sale of its own products (flow meters, actuators, valve controls, filtration equipment).
History from OldCompany.com and
(collectible Savings Bonds website)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.