Beautifully engraved specimen certificate from the Coral Systems, Inc.
. This historic document was printed by Security-Columbian Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of a tropical fish swimming in coral. This item has printed signatures by the Company's President and Secretary. This is the first time we have had this certificate for sale.
Founded in 1991, Coral Systems, Longmont, Colo., was a leading provider of innovative products for the wireless industry. Coral Systems products included several software offerings, such as: Fraud Buster, fraud detection system; ChurnAlert, customer retention system; veRiFier, an RF signature product; and Home Location Register (HLR), which brings pre-call, industry compliant capabilities to cellular, enhanced specialized mobile radio (ESMR) and emerging personal communications services (PCS). These products assisted wireless carriers in all phases of their development and day-to-day interactions with their customers. Coral Systems' proven expertise has led to the signing of agreements with top domestic and international wireless carriers. Coral marketed its products worldwide through a national accounts program and strategic partnerships with Cincinnati Bell Information Systems (CBIS), Ericsson Radio Systems, Motorola, Northern Telecom, and Sun Microsystems.
In 1997, Lightbridge Inc., agreed to acquire Coral Systems Inc.
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.