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US West, Inc. Specimen Stock Certificate
US West, Inc. Specimen Stock Certificate
US West, Inc. Specimen Stock Certificate
 
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Product Code: 5461

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U S West, Inc. was formed as one of the original seven “Baby Bells” that were created through the antitrust break-up of AT&T in 1983. U S West was a holding company for three Regional Bell operators; Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph, Northwestern Bell, and Pacific Northwest Bell. In June of 2000, U S West was taken over by Qwest Communications International in what many say was a hostile takeover.

Specimen stock certificates are certificates that were archived by printers and the company as perfect examples of the company’s stock issue. Specimen’s can be identified by their “specimen” stamp, stamped holes spelling “specimen”, or they are often issued with a serial number of a series of zeros. Often, they are also issued with no serial number at all. Specimens can also represent a design that was never issued. All of these attributes make the specimen stock certificate rarer than the issued version of the share. Many enthusiasts collect specimens as a whole new category of Scripophily.