Beautifully engraved RARE SPECIMEN certificate from the Der Wienerschnitzel International, Inc.
This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company in the 1960's and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of the company logo. This item has the printed signatures of the Company’s President and Secretary.
Wienerschnitzel was started with the opening of a single hot dog stand in 1961. Wienerschnitzel is The World's Largest Hot Dog Chain and one of the largest privately owned fast-food restaurant chains in the nation. Galardi Group, Inc. is the parent company of Wienerschnitzel and is based in Newport Beach, California.
They have over 300 stores in ten states & Guam.
The Best sellers are chili dogs, corn dogs, chili cheese fries and chili cheeseburgers. Over 96 million hot dogs sold per year
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.