Curtiss-Wright Corporation Proofs (2), DE. 1930's. A vertical pair of proof certificates with vignette, title and text, but missing border. Vignette of allegorical woman flanked by bi-plane on left and single wing airplane on right. Also included is a photo proof of a later certificate from the 1940-1950's era.
In 1929, Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Corporation merged with Wright Aeronautical Corporation (founded by the Wright Brothers) forming the Curtiss-Wright Corporation. Famous aviation company with historic roots. Rare proof certificates of unusual early certificatesw variety. Only available as a proof, no specimens were found in American Banknote archives. RBNC, SBNC. VF.
Photo Proof Vignette
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 over the past several years.