Beautifully engraved specimen Gold Bond Certificate from the The Plaisance
dated 1925. This historic document was printed by Western Bank Note Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of an eagle perched on a rock. This item is over 80 years old and has 30 coupons attached.
The Plaisance Hotel was located on the on the southwest corner of 60th Street and Stony Island, and is now part of the University of Chicago. The Plaisance Hote's most famous resident was Clarence Darrow. He was famous for defending Leopold and Loeb and for defending Scopes at the Monkey Trial.
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.