Beautifully engraved SPECIMEN certificate from the Metropolitan Edison Company
. This historic document was printed by the Security Banknote Company in 1934 and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of a wheel with wings in front of a city skyline.
GPU, Inc., a Pennsylvania corporation, is a holding company registered under the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935. Its three domestic electric utility subsidiaries Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L), Metropolitan Edison Company (Met-Ed) and Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec) are conducting business under the name GPU Energy. GPU Energy, annually provide approximately 44 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity to more than 2 million customers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
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.