Beautifully engraved SPECIMEN scarce certificate from the Unilever Capital Corporation
dated April 3rd, 1989. This historic document was printed by the Thomas De La Rue Bank Note Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of the company's logo. This item has the printed signature of the Company's President ( Smith ) and is
over 15 years old. Light mark on certificate as shown in the scan.
Unilever provides washing powder, shampoo and toothpaste, teas, ice cream, oils and spreads for consumers all over the world. Unilever Capital Corporation is a subsidiary of Unilever.
Unilever was created in 1930 when the British soapmaker Lever Brothers merged with the Dutch margarine producer, Margarine Unie.
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.