Beautifully engraved SPECIMEN certificate from the Corby Distilleries Limited
. This historic document was printed by the British American Bank Note Company and has a
block border with vignettes of a building and a man using a tool being pulled by 2 horses. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President and Secretary.
Corby's portfolio of owned brands include some of the most renowned and
respected brands in Canada, including Wiser's DeLuxe and Special Blend rye
whiskies, Lamb's rum and Polar Ice vodka. Corby, through its affiliation with
Allied Domecq PLC, the international spirits group, represents leading
international marques such as Canadian Club rye whisky, Ballantine's scotch,
Beefeater gin, Malibu rum, Mumm champagne and Kahlua and Tia Maria liqueurs.
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.