Beautifully engraved specimen certificate from the Ford Motor Credit Company
printed in 1979. This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of an early Ford car, a mechanic and with a city in the background. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's officers.
Ford Motor Credit Company LLC, popularly known as Ford Credit, is the financial services arm of Ford Motor Company, and is headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan.
Its business activities are concentrated primarily in the area of automobile loans in support of its parent company. The company offers consumer loans and leases to car buyers, as well as business loans and lines of credit to dealerships selling Ford Motor Company products. The firm also issues commercial paper and other debt instruments on Ford's behalf.
Ford Credit also owns Lincoln Automotive Financial Services, the arm that finances Lincoln vehicles.
History from Encyberpedia and
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.