Beautifully engraved RARE specimen proof certificates from the Statue of Liberty Foundation Liberty Trust
printed around 1986. This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignettes of eagles and the statue of liberty. These were the final mock ups of the certificate, front and back, and is rare and unique. They are mounted on a blue matte and have a fold over tissue sheet.
Front of Certificate
United States Statue of Liberty Foundation purpose was to refurbish the detoriating Statue of Liberty in 1986
History from Encyberpedia and
stock certificate research service)
History from OldCompany.com and
(collectible Savings Bonds website)About Specimen Certificates
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 were 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 has grown in popularity over the past several years.