Beautifully engraved Specimen Stock Certificate from the Gannett Company Inc.
. This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of an allegorical man with a cape holding a horn in one hand and a scroll in the other. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's Chariman and Secretary.
Founded by Frank E. Gannett and associates in 1906, Gannett was incorporated in 1923, went public in 1967 and listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1969. The company has approximately 52,500 employees. Its more than 254 million shares of common stock are held by approximately 12,400 shareholders of record in all 50 states and abroad.
Gannett Co., Inc. is a leading international news and information company that publishes 101 daily newspapers in the USA, including USA TODAY, the nation's largest-selling daily newspaper. The company also owns more than 800 non-daily publications in the USA and USA WEEKEND, a weekly newspaper magazine. Gannett subsidiary Newsquest is the United Kingdom’s second largest regional newspaper company. Newsquest publishes more than 300 titles, including 17 daily newspapers, and a network of prize-winning Web sites. Gannett also operates 21 television stations in the United States and is an Internet leader with sites sponsored by its TV stations and newspapers including USATODAY.com, one of the most popular news sites on the Web.
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.