Beautifully engraved SPECIMEN certificate from the Lincoln Telephone and Telegraph Company
. This historic document was printed by the Northern Banknote Company in 1979 and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of an old dial telephone in the foreground and a residential and city in the background. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President and Secretary.
The Lincoln Telephone and Telegraph Company provided local, long distance, wireless, data communications and internet services to the Southeast one-third of Nebraska during a time period in excess of 75 years. Lincoln Telephone became Aliant Communications in 1997.
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.