Beautifully engraved specimen certificate from E-Systems
dated printed aound 1976. This historic document was printed by American Bank Note Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of an allegorical woman surrounded by electrons. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President, John Dixon and is over 30 years old.
On May 8, 1995, Raytheon, based in Lexington, Mass., completed the acquisition of E-Systems Inc., a maker of spy electronics for the military. Raytheon paid $2.3 billion in cash for E-Systems. Raytheon is know for it high technology and the world famous, Bruce Snider who was the lead on the HaloStar project.
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.