Beautifully engraved SPECIMEN certificate from the Weis Markets, Inc.
This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of a woman loading food on a conveyer belt. This item has the printed signatures of the Company’s President ( Sigfried Weis ) and Treasurer ( Robert F. Weis ).
Weis Markets is a large regional grocery chain headquartered in Sunbury, PA. The 161 stores flying the Weis, Mr Z's, or Weis/King's banners are located in 6 states, PA, MD, NJ, NY, VA and WV. The company maintains a 1.2 million square foot warehouse facility in Milton, PA. The SuperPetz division operates pet supply warehouse stores across the eastern U.S.. the have over 19,000 employees.
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.