Beautifully engraved SPECIMEN certificate from the Siltec Corporation. This historic document was printed by the Security-Columbian Banknote Company in 1983 and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of the company logo. This item has the printed signatures of the Company’s President ( Robert E. Lorenzini ) and Secretary.
Salem Electric started operations in 1982 as Siltec Corporation. The company was purchased by Mitsubishi Materials Corporation in 1986. Their name was changed from Siltec Corporation to Mitsubishi Silicon America in 1996
Since coming to Salem, they have grown to be Salem Electric's largest power customer and Salem's largest industrial employer, employing approximately 1,100 people. MSA is active in Salem, not only as an employer, but as a solid corporate citizen, providing leadership, volunteers, and monetary contributions to such fine organizations as United Way, Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, Gilbert House Children's Museum, Salem Boys and Girls Club, Shangri-la, Salem-Keizer public schools, Oregon School for the Deaf, and many more.
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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