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Cenco Instruments Corporation Specimen Stock Certificate
Cenco Instruments Corporation Specimen Stock Certificate
Cenco Instruments Corporation Specimen Stock Certificate
 
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Vintage Stock Certificate


Product Code: SC327

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CENCO Instruments was started in 1900 as Central Scientific Company. Between 1915 and 1935 the company was a leading supplier of scientific equipement. During WWII it started producing bomb sights and fuses for the war effort. Around 1961 it changed it's name to CENCO Instruments Corp. and first went public on the NYSE in 1965. Around 1968 the company was prosecuted for inflating it's inventories to increase the value of the company. Two Executive were sentenced to jail and the company was sold off to competitors. This specimen was printed in the 1960s.

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.