Beautiful engraved specimen certificate from the Pitney Bowes Credit Corporation
dated in 1988. This historic document was printed by United States Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of an allegorical woman. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President and Secretary and is over 19 years old.
Pitney Bowes is the world's largest producer of postage meters. The company also makes other mailing equipment and provides shipping and weighing systems. Pitney Bowes offers online postage services, financing for office equipment purchases, and facilities management services. It also develops software to create mailers and manage shipping, transportation, and logistics for government agencies and corporations.
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.