Beautifully engraved SPECIMEN certificate from the Rainier Pulp and Paper Company prior to 1939. This historic document was printed by the Jeffries Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President and Secretary. This is the first time we have seen this certificate.
Simpson Paper Company began in the mid-1920s with an investment in the Rainier Pulp and Paper Company in Shelton, Wash. In 1951, the company acquired the Everett Pulp and Paper Company. Since that time it has made numerous acquisitions. Over the years, Simpson has produced a wide range of printing and writing papers, coated papers, and security and safety papers. The company started as a logging company and was founded in 1890 in Shelton, Wash. Simpson has been owned by the same family since it was founded and is now in the fifth generation of family management.
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.
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