Beautiful engraved Specimen Bond Certificate from the Ford Motor Credit Company
printed in 1975 . This historic document was printed by Security-Columbian Bank Note Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of a man next to an early car. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President and Treasurer.
Ford Motor Credit Company, the world's largest automotive finance company, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company. Ford Credit provides vehicle financing to more than 10 million customers and more than 11,500 Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury automotive dealers.
Ford Motor Credit Company traces its roots to 1923, when Henry Ford, unwilling to encourage consumer borrowing, experimented with a layaway plan to spur sales of the $265 Model T.
More than just a car-loan provider, Ford Credit was established so Ford Motor Company dealers could provide competitive financing services to both individuals and businesses. The brand has been integral in making ownership possible for the many customers who cannot or do not want to pay for the entire cost of a vehicle up front.
History from Wikipedia and OldCompanyResearch.com.
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.