Beautifully engraved SPECIMEN certificate from the Comparator Systems Corporation
. This historic document was printed by Thomas de la Rue and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of the company logo. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's Chairman (Robert Reed Rogers) and Secretary.
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION v. COMPARATOR SYSTEMS
CORPORATION, ROBERT REED ROGERS, SCOTT HITT AND GREGORY ARMIJO,
Civil Action No. 96-3856 (LGB) (JGx) (C.D. Cal.)
Litigation Release No. 15855 / August 20, 1998
Accounting and Auditing Enforcement Release No. 1068 / August 20,
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced today that
on August 14, 1998, the Honorable Lourdes G. Baird, United States
District Judge, entered Supplemental Judgments against defendants
Robert Reed Rogers and Gregory Armijo. Rogers was formerly the
chairman, chief executive officer and treasurer of Comparator
Systems Corporation ("Comparator"); Armijo was formerly
Comparator's vice president for operations, corporate secretary
and a member of Comparator's board of directors. The
Supplemental Judgment against defendant Rogers orders him to
disgorge $263,106 in salary from Comparator, $4,469.50 in profits
from the sale of stock in Comparator Systems Corporation by an
entity known as the Talisman trust, and $29,921.17 in prejudgment
interest on those amounts. Rogers also was ordered to disgorge
30,536,575 shares of Comparator stock and to disavow all debts
owed to him by Comparator and incurred during the period covered
by the Commission's Complaint. The Supplemental Judgment against
defendant Armijo orders him to disgorge $106,401 in salary from
Comparator, $9,990 from the sale of Comparator stock, and
$13,038.06 in prejudgment interest on those amounts. Armijo also
was ordered to disgorge 3,579,816 shares of Comparator stock and
to disavow all debts owed to him by Comparator and incurred
during the period covered by the Commission's Complaint. The
injunctive relief and the officer and director bars ordered
against defendants Rogers and Armijo on September 18, 1996 remain
in full force and effect; the Commission withdrew its claim for
civil money penalties against those defendants.
The Commission also announced today that on May 18, 1998, the
Court entered a Final Judgment of Permanent Injunction and Other
Relief by Default Against Defendant Scott Hitt. Hitt was
formerly Comparator's executive vice president and a member of
Comparator's board of directors. That Judgment permanently
restrains and enjoins defendant Hitt from violating the anti-
fraud, reporting, and books and records provisions of the
securities laws, specifically Section 17(a) of the Securities Act
of 1933 and Sections 10(b), 13(a), 13(b)(2)(A)-(B), and 13(b)(5)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rules 10b-5, 13a-1,
13a-13, 13b2-1, and 12b-20 thereunder. The judgment also
permanently bars Hitt from serving in the future as an officer or
director of any public corporation; orders him to disgorge
$516,614.31 along with prejudgment interest of $87,635.35
thereon; orders him to pay a civil money penalty in the amount of
$516,614.31; and continues the freezes on Hitt's assets.
The Complaint, filed on May 31, 1996, alleged that Comparator
issued false and misleading financial statements for the fiscal
years ending June 30, 1994 and June 30, 1995 and for the first
three quarters of fiscal year 1996, which grossly inflated the
company's assets throughout that period. The Complaint further
alleges that defendants Rogers, Armijo, and Hitt caused
Comparator to file these false financial statements for the
purpose of enabling Comparator common stock to remain listed for
trading on the Nasdaq SmallCap Market System and to facilitate
the sale of Comparator common stock to the public.
The Commission's investigation is continuing as to other issues
concerning Comparator and trading in its securities. See also
Litigation Release No. 14927 and Accounting and Auditing
Enforcement Release No. 786, dated May 31, 1996; Litigation
Release No. 14979 and Accounting and Auditing Enforcement Release
No. 801, dated July 11, 1996; Securities Exchange Act Release No.
37702 and Accounting and Auditing Enforcement Release No. 818,
dated September 19, 1996; and Litigation Release No. 15056 and
Accounting and Auditing Enforcement Release No. 819, dated
September 19, 1996.
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.