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Southpaw
Yes interesting. According to the Engravers Line, the Franklin Bank Note Co. started using that name in 1880. since they worked under that name until they merged with Homer Lee in 1897, I would bet Franklin maybe bought out Excelsior's dies?
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GregAlex
I was thinking just the same thing. Excelsior went under right around 1878-ish, which is exactly when Franklin Bank Note was getting started. It was the perfect opportunity to add some plates to their stock.

I have another die proof of an owl vignette by Excelsior. That owl's head shows up in the upper left of a railroad stock, printed by Franklin BNC.

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mikelaw
Good stuff. Really like the Owl...
Mike
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mebid2much
mikelaw wrote:
Good stuff. Really like the Owl...

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nirvana
MIDI2.jpg  MIDI Stock Certificate.jpg While sorting through some old papers, I ran across this stock certificate issued by a small town in rural Minnesota. The gold coloring used in the seal, inner border and wavy lines in the body of the document are reflective.
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GregAlex
GOES (printer) was known for using gold metallic ink on many of their stock certificates.
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nirvana
Thank you for that information. The gold certainly makes for a beautiful and unique presentation.
Just a note to add to my post .... I did a search on GOES printing and read in the history section of the company that the wife of the company’s president, Mrs. Linda Goes, was the one responsible for adding embossing and gold foil to the certificates. She worked part time for the company while raising the family.
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GregAlex
Getting back on topic, it's been a bit since I've posted an actual specimen, but this one arrived today. Printed by one of the smaller companies, Republic Bank Note Co. of Pittsburgh, circa 1935. Nice, big vignette at the top with ancient Athens on the left and a modern city on the right. Apparently City Stores Company goes back a long way.

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CurrencyDen1
Here are two specimens I will add to the test/promotional catalogs.  They show the change from ABNC to the spun off CBNC.  Ihave found the CBNC in two colors so far.
ABNC, $100 sales price
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CBNC-$200 sales price
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GregAlex
Those are cool! I'm guessing the time period is around the 1900-10s? I guess we should really draw a distinction between actual specimens created for review purposes and "specimens" like the CBN stocks that mainly served as advertisements/promotional material. When I'm back home next week I will search out my promotional specimens.
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CurrencyDen1
Here's a a specimen stock/bond for Cuba, printed by ABNC with dual denominations.  Somewhat unique. I don't see a date, but I don't know of a time $100 = 100 Cuban pesos.
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GregAlex
Here's a specimen from a bank note company you don't see that often -- Jeffries Bank Note. This was a smaller firm in Los Angeles, better known for their tickets. They were purchased by U.S. Banknote Corp. in 1989.

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GregAlex
Here's a different kind of specimen. This one doesn't look to have been created for review in advance of a print run. It appears to have been liberally stamped "Specimen" post-production, since the certificate has a serial number and the tractor feed holes are still attached. So who stamped it? Good question. Perhaps leftover certificates were voided and distributed by Eaton Corp. for some reason. In any case, this specimen doesn't appear to be the work of American Bank Note Co.

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MaineJoe
@GregAlex Greg, doesn't it say ABNC on the bottom edge left of the seal?
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GregAlex
Yes, what I meant was ABNC didn't do the Specimen stamps. It doesn't follow their typical style.
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MaineJoe
Ahhh Gotcha! 
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GregAlex
I discovered another "sort-of" specimen in a folder. This one is for Pillsbury, but again it has a serial number. Never issued and I assume the specimen stamp was applied somewhere other than ABNC. Interestingly it has the same vignette as the Republic of Cuba bond posted a little earlier.  I'm almost certain this was engraved from original artwork by A.E. Foringer.

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CurrencyDen1
Foringer is a favorite of mine - stunning!
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