Beautiful Rengraved RARE Gold Bond Specimen Certificate from the Murray Body Corporation
dated 1924. This historic document was printed by American Bank Note Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of an allegorical man. This item is over 82 years old.
Murray Body Corporation was in business from 1924 to 1955. Murray made automobile bodies for Ford, Lincoln, Crosley, Willys and other big names. They later became the world's largest manufacturer of pedal cars for children.
In 1926, the Murray Body Corporation changed their name to the Murray Corporation of America.
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 over the past several years.