Beautifully engraved specimen certificate from Handspring, Inc.
printed in 2000. This historic document was printed by the Security-Columbian Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of the Company's logo. This item has the printed signatures of the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Financial Officer and Secretary, and is over 11 years old.
Handspring was a leading innovator in personal communications and handheld computing. The company's products include the Treo wireless communicators and Treo 90 organizer, the Visor expandable handheld computers, and client and server software for fast Web access from handheld devices and mobile phones. Today Handspring sells its products and accessories at www.handspring.com and through select Internet, retail and carrier partners in the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the Middle East and Mexico/Latin America.
On June 4, 2003, The boards of directors of Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM) and Handspring, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAND), a leading maker of Palm OS(R) smartphones, today announced that they each have unanimously approved a definitive agreement for Palm to acquire Handspring to form a new, stronger market leader in mobile computing and communications. The Palm board also gave final approval for the spin-off of PalmSource, Inc.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.