Beautifully engraved Specimen certificate from the Computervision Corporation
printed in 1993. This historic document was printed by American Banknote company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of 3 Company Employees in front of a World Map. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's Chariman and Secretary.
Computervision Corporation is a leading international supplier of desktop and enterprise-wide product development software and services. For more than 25 years, the company's product and process data management (PDM) and design automation (CAE/CAD/CAM) software solutions have helped manufacturers improve product quality and reduce time to market. Computervision Services(R) provides best-practices consulting programs to support product development process reengineering and technology implementation. Computervision Services also supports applications, systems, and networks in heterogeneous computing environments. Computervision is headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts, and provides sales and support services to its customers through its offices worldwide.
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.