Beautifully engraved certificate from the Saatchi & Saatchi Company Plc
. This historic document has an
ornate border with a vignette of woman wearing a robe. The certificate was printed by the Security Columbian United States Banknote Company and dated 4/29/88.
Saatchi & Saatchi is one of the world's top advertising agency networks, with more than 130 offices in 80 countries. It provides creative advertising services and plans marketing campaigns for a number of corporate clients, including General Mills, Procter & Gamble, and Toyota. Once one of the UK's premier media services holding companies, Saatchi & Saatchi was acquired by Paris-based Publicis in 2000 and relocated its headquarters to the US.
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.