Beautifully engraved SPECIMEN certificate from Doman Industries Limited
. This historic document was printed by the British American Bank Note Company and has a
block border with a vignette of an allegorical man wearing a helmet and touching a globe. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President and Secretary.
Doman is an integrated Canadian forest products company and the second largest coastal woodland operator in the province of British Columbia. Principal activities include timber harvesting, reforestation, sawmilling logs into lumber and wood chips, value-added remanufacturing and producing dissolving sulphite pulp and NBSK pulp. All of the Company's operations, employees, and corporate facilities are located in the coastal region of British Columbia and its products are sold in 30 countries worldwide.
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 and realized nice appreciation in value over the past several years.