Beautifully engraved SPECIMEN certificate from the Geophysical Micro Computer Applications (International) Corporation
. This historic document was printed by the B A Bank Note Company and has a vignette of an allegorical man holding a compass on a world globe. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President and Executive Vice-President.
Geophysical Micro Computer Applications (GMA) is a developer and supplier of geological, geophysical and petrophysical computer-aided exploration (CAEX) software products. The CAEX software allows geoscientists to interpret and synthetically model various subsurface characteristics of the earth enabling exploration staff to reduce non-productive drilling and thereby reduce the overall risk and cost of hydrocarbon discovery and exploitation.
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.