Beautifully engraved specimen certificate from Multimedia, Inc
printed in 1985. This historic document was printed by Security-Columbian Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of the company logo. This item has the signatures of the Company's President and Secretary and is over 21 years old. This is the first time we have had this for sale.
In December 1995, Gannett Co., Inc. acquired Multimedia, Inc., a diversified media company based in Greenville, South Carolina. Multimedia, Inc. owned 10 daily newspapers, five television stations, two radio stations and cable television systems reaching more than 460,000 subscribers in five states. In the deal, Gannett also acquired Multimedia Security Service, which was later sold. The cable division was sold to Cox Communications in January 2000.
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.