British Columbia Telephone Company ( Now BC TEL )

British Columbia Telephone Company  ( Now BC TEL )

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British Columbia Telephone Company  ( Now BC TEL )
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Beautifully engraved SPECIMEN certificate from the British Columbia Telephone Company . This historic document was printed by the British American Banknote Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of an allegorical woman holding an old candlestick telephone. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President and Secretary. The certificate has one fold for storage and is in EF+ condition.
Certificate Vignette The name -- British Columbia Telephone Company -- was established in 1923 under a federal charter the company had obtained in 1916. This marked the start of BC TEL, which remained relatively unchanged until May 1, 1993, when BC TEL reorganized under a holding company, BC TELECOM Inc. Concurrent with the creation of the holding company, the telephone operating company changed its legal name from British Columbia Telephone Company to the more familiar BC TEL. About Specimens 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.


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