Beautifully engraved SPECIMEN certificate from the Wisconsin Public Service Corporation
. This historic document was printed by the Security-Columbian Banknote Company in 1977 and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of an allegorical woman. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President and Secretary and is over 25 years old.
Wisconsin Public Service Corporation is a regulated electric and natural gas utility that operates in an 11,000-square-mile area of northeastern and central Wisconsin and an adjacent portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Market Serves 442,419 electric and 289,133 natural gas customers. Provides electric and natural gas products and services to residential, farm, commercial, and industrial customers. Also provides electric power to wholesale customers. The WPS Resources financial information pages display consolidated reports for the holding company and its subsidiaries. Electric operations accounted for 69% and gas operations accounted for 31% of 2000 revenues. Electric revenues are comprised of 89% retail sales and 11% wholesale sales. Wisconsin customers accounted for 95% and Michigan customers accounted for 5% of 2000 revenues. Facilities Electric generating capacity based on 2000 summer capacity was 1,957 megawatts, including share of jointly-owned facilities. Electric property includes 20,038 miles of electric distribution lines. On January 1, 2001, 1,563 miles of electric transmission lines were transferred to American Transmission Company LLC in exchange for an equity interest. Gas property includes 5,454 miles of gas main and 66 gate and city regulator stations.
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.