Beautifully engraved specimen certificate from the IBM World Trade Corporation
printed in 1981. This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it. This item has the printed signatures of the Company’s Vice President, and is over 31 years old.
IBM World Trade Corporation manufactures and markets computer hardware and software products. The company offers electronic data processing machines, calculators, accounting machines, test scoring machines, and typewriters. Additionally, it provides application management solutions. The company was founded in 1949 and is based in Armonk, New York. IBM World Trade Corporation operates as a subsidiary of International Business Machines Corp.
History from OldCompany.com
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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.