Beautifully engraved sopecimen certificate from VeriFone, Inc.
dated no later than 1996. This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of the Company's logo. This item has the signatures of the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Secretary, and is over 17 years old.
VeriFone is a company that makes point-of-sale equipment. It was founded and incorporated in Hawaii in 1981, and named itself after its first product, the name standing for Verification telephone.
Hewlett-Packard acquired VeriFone in a $1.18bn stock-swap deal in April 1997. Four years later VeriFone was sold to Gores Technology Group in May 2001. VeriFone is based in San Jose, California and has offices in the United States, UK, Philippines, India and Singapore. It has R&D centers in the US and India.
History from Wikipedia and
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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.