Beautifully engraved RARE Gold Bond Certificate from the Standard Oil Company of New York
dated February, 1928. This historic document was printed by American Bank Note Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of an allegorical woman standing with a world globe on each side. This item is over 90 years old. There are 40 coupons attached on the right side not shown in the scan.
In 1931, the Standard Oil Company of New York merged with Vacuum Oil (another of the old conglomerate companies) to form the Socony-Vacuum Corporation. In 1955, the name was changed to Socony Mobil Oil Company, Inc. Then in 1966, there was a further change of name to the Mobil Oil Corporation.
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.