Beautifully engraved certificate from the Portland General Electric Company
. This historic document was printed by Jeffries Banknote and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of lady sitting on a bench in front of the Trojan Nuclear Power Plant. This item has printed signatures by the Company's Chairman of the Board and Secretary.
Portland General Electric is a recognized leader in the utility industry with more than a century of experience delivering safe and reliable electricity. PGE serves more than 755,000 retail customers in the Northwest.
The Trojan Nuclear Plant is about 42 miles north of Portland in Columbia County on the bank of the Columbia River. Portland General Electric (PGE) permanently closed Trojan in 1993.
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.