Beautiful engraved RARE specimen certificate from PeoplePC, Inc.
dated in 2000. This historic document was printed by United States Bank Note Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of the company name and logo. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President and Secretary.
PeoplePC began by giving PCs away for "free" with the purchase of a multi-year membership to its Internet access service. In 2004, the company changed tacks and began to focus on providing straightforward ISP service. It has dropped the PCs and now provides value-priced, narrowband Internet access to more than 1 million subscribers as a subsidiary of Internet service provider EarthLink. PeoplePC also offers a fee-based acceleration service to augment its dial-up speeds and a fee-based spam blocking service.
In 2002 the company was acquired by Earthlink. In 2006, J.D. Power and Associates ranked PeoplePC Online as the first value-priced dial-up provider to receive the highest ratings from customers in four factors: cost of service, billing, e-mail services, and offerings
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.