Beautifully engraved SPECIMEN certificate from Triple Crown Electronics Inc
. This historic document was printed by the British American Bank Note Company and has a
block border with a vignette of an allegorical woman with a bow and arrows and a deer coming out from behind her. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President and Vice-President.
On September 1, 2000 CableServ Electronics Ltd. and Triple Crown Electronics Inc. megged their businesses. The combined is called CableServ Inc. Because Triple Crown had a long history of providing cablesystems with quality CATV equipment, and like CableServ, Triple Crown manufactured a line of RF amplifiers for various CATV applications. CableServ designed & manufactured a line of RF amplifiers for the CATV Market including the CHAS Headend Amplifier System as well as aftermarket return amplifiers and accessories for many of the major manufacturer's amplifiers.
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.