Beautifully engraved Specimen certificate from Denning Mobile Robotics, Inc
. This historic document was printed by the Security Columbian Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of the company's robot product. This item has the printed signatures of the company's officers (Robert W. George II
as Chairman) and is over 16 years old.
The company developed the world's most advanced sensor arrays and artificial intelligence software, which were classified "Secret" by the Department of Defense. The software and robots were then manufactured by Raytheon Corporation. The company developed six revolutionary products including robotic TV cameras, security robots, and delivery, research and floor-cleaning robots.
About Specimen Certificates
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.
Denning-Branch is a merger of Denning Mobile Robotics, once located in
the Boston area, and makers of human-size mobile robots since 1983,
and Branch and Associates, of Hobart, Australia, designers and
builders of smaller mobile robots since 1979.