Beautifully engraved specimen certificate from Harris Trust and Savings Bank
dated 1961. This historic document was printed by American Bank Note Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of a lion behind a desk. This item has the signatures of the Company's President and Secretary and is over 45 years old. This certificate was given out by the Stock Transfer Department during an open house in 1961. Unique and RARE.
Harris is an integrated financial service organization providing more than 1 million personal, business, corporate and institutional clients with banking, lending, investing and financial management solutions. The community banking network of Harris includes 200 full-service locations throughout Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana , and more than 500 Harris branded ATMs. Harris Private Bank is a trusted advisor offering customized banking and lending, financial planning, trust and estate administration, investment management, wealth transfer and family office services and includes Harris myCFO Inc. and Sullivan, Bruyette, Speros & Blayney Inc. Harris Private Bank has nearly 30 locations in seven states. BMO Capital Markets is a premier mid-market corporate and investment bank delivering investment and corporate banking, treasury services, market risk management, institutional investing and research The organization is a member of the BMO Financial Group (NYSE, TSX: BMO), which was founded 1817 as Bank of Montreal, Canada's first bank.
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.