Beautifully engraved Specimen Stock Certificate from the Fruehauf Trailer Corporation
printed in 1994. This historic document was printed by the Security Columbian Banknore company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of company employees around a world globe. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President, T.B. ROLLER and Secretary, T.J. WIGGINS.
Fruehauf Trailer corporation manufactures, markets and distributes truck trailers. It has the largest distribution system in the industry, including the largest company-owned national sales network consisting of 31 branches and 79 "full line" and 123 "parts only" independent dealers. The company is one of the largest suppliers of trailer parts in North America. They manufacture several truck trailer models, including dry freight vans, platform trailers, dump trailers and liquid and bulk hauler tank trailers.
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.