Beautifully engraved SCARCE Specimen certificate from the Delmarva Power & Light Company
dated 1971. This historic document was printed by the Security Columbian Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of an allegorical man sitting holding a test tube with lab equipment and gears around him. This item is over 34 years old. 60 coupons attached on right. This is the first time we have had this for sale.
Delmarva Power & Light operates as Conectiv Power Delivery which transmit and distribute electricity to more than 1 million customers in four northeastern states; Delmarva Power & Light also provides natural gas to nearly 120,000 customers. The deregulating power industry is creating new opportunities for Delmarva Power & Light: It operates independent power plants, markets wholesale energy, and offers energy management services. Delmarva Power & Light is a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings.
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.