Beautifully engraved specimen from Odwalla, Inc.
printed in . This historic document was printed by Northern Bank Note Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of the company logo with palm trees that says "Health is Wealth" and "Juice for Humans". This item has the printed signatures of the Company's Chairman and CFO.
Odwalla, Inc. was founded in the fall of 1980 by three friends. They started the business in part to help fund musical and multimedia presentations they had created for local schools and cultural events to educate people about issues such as cultural diversity and the environment. The company's name came from a favorite musical piece by The Art Ensemble of Chicago.
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.