Beautiful engraved specimen certificate from the InFerGene Company
dated in 1988. This historic document was printed by United States Bank Note Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of the company name. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President and Secretary and is over 20 years old.
InFerGene was formed in 1985 to develop technology for genetic engineering of microbial strains used to make products for medical diagnostics, food processing, brewing and baking. In February 1991, InFerGene filed a voluntary proceeding under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. InFerGene no longer produces any products or has any material revenues. Under the new name Zaxis International Inc., it will serve as the holding company for the newly merged company.
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.