Beautifully engraved SPECIMEN certificate from the Lindsay Newspapers, Inc.
This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company in the 1960's and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of the company's logo and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune newspaper front page.
The Herald-Tribune's vision is "to be the most trusted and valued information source in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties". Located on Florida's central Gulf Coast, the Herald-Tribune is a multimedia company consisting of a 100,000+ daily newspaper, SNN6, a 24-hour news and information cable TV station, and Newscoast.com, its internet website. The company is dedicated to fulfilling the needs of its readers and advertisers with state of the art, high quality customer service.
It is now part of the New York Times Regional Newspaper Group.
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 and realized nice appreciation in value over the past several years.