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Montgomery Ward & Co Specimen Stock Certificate - 1950s
Montgomery Ward & Co Specimen Stock Certificate
Montgomery Ward & Co Specimen Stock Certificate
 
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Vintage Stock Certificate


Product Code: SC1748

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This rare Montgomery Ward & Co Specimen Stock Certificate was printed in the 1950s and features Edmund A. Krider as President.

Montgomery Ward was founded in 1872 as a dry goods mail-order business in Chicago. They expanded into retail outlets in the 1920s and would become an American retail icon. Montgomery Ward would declare bankruptcy in 1997 after intense pressure from Walmart and Target and closed 100s of locations. Montgomery was liquidated in 2001.

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.