Beautifully engraved Specimen $1000 Auditorium Bond from the County of Dade, Florida
dated 1949. This historic document was printed by Columbian Banknote Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of the Florida State Seal. This item is over 57 years old.
Miami-Dade County Auditorium, opened in 1951, has a splendid history as Greater Miami's premier performing arts center for grand opera, symphony, theater, concerts, ballets, lectures and other programs of community interest. Designed as a multi-purpose facility, this acoustically excellent 2,429 seat theater, offering unparalleled sight lines, can accommodate a broad range of entertainment. Open year-round, DCA is the home of the Florida Grand Opera, Sociedad Pro Arte Grateli, Miami's oldest Hispanic performing arts company , and the Concert Association of Florida which presents the world's finest orchestras and classical music soloists. DCA also hosts the most renowned names in jazz and Hispanic pop music. A major renovation completed in 1995 includes extensive technical upgrades, a complete interior and exterior redecoration that embellishes the original Art Deco Revival style and alterations that provide better accessibility for persons with disabilities. And in 1998, the Auditorium's exterior was painted a bright terra-cotta with antique gold and avocado green highlights that bring out the details of its Art Deco revival architectural style. A new fire alarm system was also installed.
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.