Beautifully engraved certificate from the Lehman Brothers Latin America Growth Fund, Inc.
printed in 1994. This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of an allegorical woman. This item has the printed signatures of the Company’s Chairman of the Board, and Secretary, and is over 16 years old.
Lehman Brothers Latin America Growth Fund, Inc. was organized as a diversified, closed-end management investment company that seeks long-term capital appreciation through investing, under normal market conditions, at least 80% of its total assets in the equity securities of Latin American issuers that at the time of purchase have a market capitalization of less than U.S. $500 million.
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.