Beautiful engraved RARE specimen certificate from the Netscape Communications Corporation
printed in 1997. This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of the famous Netscape logo. This item has the printed signatures of the company's officers including Jim Barksdale as President and CEO. This is only the second time we have had a Netscape Specimen certificate for sale.
Jim Barksdale served as President & CEO of Netscape Communications Corp. from January 1995 until the company merged with America Online in March of 1999. He was a Director of Netscape from October 1994. Upon completion of the merger with America Online, Jim joined AOL's Board of Directors.
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.