Beautifully engraved specimen stock certificate from the Campbell Soup Company
dated 1982. This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company and has a vignette of two allegorical men sitting beside a can of Campbell's Tomato Soup. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President.
The Campbell Soup Company, also known as just Campbell's, is an American producer of canned soups and related products that are sold in 120 countries around the world. It is headquartered in Camden, New Jersey. Campbell's divides itself into three divisions: the "simple meals" division, which consists largely of soups that are either condensed or ready-to-serve; the "baked snacks" division, which includes Pepperidge Farm; and the "health beverage" division, which includes V8 juices.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.