Beautiful engraved RARE specimen certificate from the Proctor & Gamble Company
dated in 1988. This historic document was printed by American Bank Note Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of company's famous Moon and Stars Logo. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's Chairman of the Board and Secretary and is over 28 years old. This is only the second time we have had this certificate for sale and we only have one.
P&G markets 250 brands to five billion consumers in 140 countries. P&G invests nearly $2 billion a year to develop and improve its products -- leading the way in R&D globally among consumer products companies. P&G's Global Licensing and External Business Development organization is charged with ensuring the company maximizes the value of its technologies and know-how by selling, licensing and, in some cases, donating technologies. The unit is also responsible for licensing select P&G brand trademarks. P&G's brands include Pampers, Tide, Ariel, Always, Whisper, Pantene, Bounty, Pringles, Folgers, Charmin, Downy, Lenor, Iams, Olay, Clairol Nice 'n Easy, Herbal Essences, Crest, Vicks and Actonel. P&G employs nearly 106,000 people in more than 80 countries worldwide.
History of the Moon and Stars Trademark P&G's trademark originated around 1851, when many products did not carry a visible brand name. Even people who could not read could see P&G's trademark and know they would get consistent quality.
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.