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. Often there were only a few Specimen certificates ever made making them extremely rare!
There were several hundred thousand issued and cancelled shares but only a few of these pristine specimens. 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 always 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.
Offered as a collectible only; the stock certificate is canceled specimen and is non-redeemable/non-transferable - there is no financial value. Stock certificates are now Digital across the board.
The item "RARE APPLE COMPUTER INC. SPECIMEN STOCK CERTIFICATE(GOOGLE/FACEBOOK)" is in sale since Wednesday, August 09, 2017. This item is in the category "Computers/Tablets & Networking\Vintage Computing\Vintage Manuals & Merchandise".The seller is "strangeways2010" and is located in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped to United States.