Beautifully engraved specimen certificate from the First New Haven National Bank
printed in 1968. This historic document was printed by American Bank Note Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of an eagle. This item is over 38 years old. Frank G. Chadwick Jr. printed signature as president.
Frank G. Chadwick Jr. ’34, of Jensen Beach, Fla.; Jan. 26. He was retired as president and CEO of the First New Haven National Bank. A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he served as personal aide to Fleet Admiral and Chief of Naval Operations Chester W. Nimitz. He was a life member of the Wollaston Lodge, F & AM, in Quincy, Mass. He also belonged to the Quinnipiac Club in New Haven and the New Haven Country Club. He was past president of the New Haven Rotary Club, past chairman of the New Haven Chamber of Commerce, cofounder and chairman of New England School of Banking in Williamstown, Mass., and cotrustee of Foote Family Trust in Branford. He was on the boards of Southern New England Gas Co. and the Yale New Haven Medical Hospital. Phi Sigma Kappa. He is survived by his wife, Doris, 3401 S.E. Aster Ln., Stuart, Fla. 34996; a son, William ’58; a daughter; three sisters; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren
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.