Beautifully engraved SPECIMEN certificate from the Modine Manufacturing Company
. This historic document was printed by the Republic Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of an eagle.
Modine Manufacturing Company was founded June 23, 1916, when Arthur B. Modine opened a one-room office adjacent to a small workshop in Racine, Wisconsin. Mr. Modine's "Spirex" radiators became standard equipment on the famous Ford Model "T". When he died at the age of 95, he had been granted a total of 120 U.S. Patents for heat-transfer innovation. This innovation remains the cornerstone of Modine.
Modine currently specializes in thermal management, bringing heating and cooling technology to diversified markets. Modine products are used in light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles, HVAC (heating, ventilating, air conditioning) equipment, industrial equipment, refrigeration systems, fuel cells, and electronics.
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.