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Ralston Purina Company Specimen - Rare Double Certificate
Ralston Purina Company Specimen Stock Certificate
Ralston Purina Company Specimen - Rare Double Certificate

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This rare double Ralston Purina specimen stock certificate is two specimen certificates that were never cut from the printer making them exceedingly rare. Ralston Purina dates back to 1894 when Purina Mills was established as an animal feed company. The name was changed to Ralston Purina in 1902. The company sold off several divisions of the company including pieces sold to British Petroleum, Land O' Lakes, and Cargill. The remaining piece of the company was sold to Nestle 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.