Beautiful engraved RARE Specimen Gold Bond Certificate from the Shubert Theatre Corporation
dated in 1924. This historic document was printed by American Bank Note Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of the company name. This item is over 84 years old. 20 coupons attached on right side.
The company was incorporated in 1924 and was engaged in the business of producing legitimate theatrical attractions, booking legitimate attractions in theatres throughout the United States, and operating approximately 40 theatres in eight states for the presentation of legitimate attractions. They owned 23 theatres and had leases on 25 theatres and owned stock interests in an additional 7 theatres.
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.