Beautiful certificate from the Exchange National Bancshares, Incorporated
. This historic document was printed by the Security Columbian Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of the company name and logo. This item has the printed signatures of the Companys President and Chairman of the Board, Donald L. Campbell and Secretary, Kathleen L. Brigshank.
Exchange National Bancshares, Inc changed their name to Hawthorn Bancshares, Inc. in 2007.
Hawthorn Bancshares, Inc., a multi-bank holding company headquartered in Lee's Summit, Missouri, is the parent company of The Exchange National Bank of Jefferson City with locations in California, Tipton and St. Robert; Hawthorn Bank of Clinton with locations in Springfield, Lee's Summit, Branson, Windsor, Collins, Osceola and Warsaw; and Bank 10 with locations in Belton, Drexel, Harrisonville, Independence and Raymore. Consolidation of all charters under the Hawthorn Bank name should be completed by early October.
History from OldCompany.com (old stock certificate research service).
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.