Present technology comes up with 3D vignettes
Old bonds and shares are very rarely seen with holograms embedded in their design. If you do spot them, then the certificates are probably not older than 20 years. Not surprisingly modern printing technology is needed to produce them.
|Golden Eagle International, Inc., a company active in gold mining and copper mining in Boliva|
specimen stock certificate for common shares of $0.0001, 1995
printed by Security-Columbian US Bank Note Co., a company part of the ABN group
Some historical events
- 1947 Denis Gabor invents holography (Nobel Prize for Physics in 1971)
- 1958 Yuri Denisyuk invents volume holography (Lenin Prize in 1970)
- 1962 first laser transmission hologram in 1962 (Emmett Leith and Juris Upatnieks)
- 1968 transmission holograms can be seen in ordinary light (Stephen Benton)
- 1979 Steve McGrew, working with the Diffraction Company, develops an embossing mass production technique for surface relief holograms
- 1982 MasterCard adds a hologram to its payment cards to combat fraud
- 1989 Holograms appear on banknotes (the Austrian 500 schilling)
- 1995 Iraq uses a hologram on its passport
- 1999 The Royal Canadian Mint issues coins that feature a hologram
|American Bank Note Holographics, Inc.|
Stock certificate for common shares of $0.01
printed by American Bank Note Co., issued 2003
American Bank Note Holographics appears on the scene
In the 1980s ABNH is established as a subsidiary of American Bank Note Co. The market for holographic printing to deter counterfeiting looked promising. ABNH's first customers include Visa and Mastercard, Hallmark, and National Geographic. March 1984, the company produced a 3-D eagle, only 300 millionths of a centimeter thick, for the cover of NG magazine. By 1988, ABN Holographics represented almost 30 percent of the company's revenues of $81 million, helping the company move into the black after a net loss of $6.7 million in 1987.
In 1991 the Soviet Union came to an end. As a result, the stock exchanges established in the new countries of the former USSR offered new opportunities for contracts to print stock certificates.
ХОПЁР НЕГОЦИАНТ company ("Hopper Investment")
specimen certificate for 2 shares
specimen certificate for 2 shares
American Bank Note Co., end 1990s
By the mid 1990s, American Banknote Holographics was producing more than 500 million holograms per year on credit cards, software and product packaging, drivers' licenses and also national identification cards for countries like the People's Republic of China . In 1998, ABN wanted to sustain growth on their primary businesses, transaction cards and printing services, and decided to sell ABNH.
Holograms, modern seals on today's certificates
Holograms on bank notes and securities are used for both authentication and promotional purposes. By embedding a hologram in a certificate counterfeiting becomes extremely difficult. The often stunning visual effect of a hologram attracts attention and offers unique possibilities for brand differentation. In this respect, holograms can be seen as the modern equivalents of the traditional seals.
My favourite hologram ? As a child, I saw Prinses Leia's hologram in the movie Star Wars (1977). What's yours ?
- How holography works, by Wikipedia
- A more in depth history of ABN Holographics, including the lawsuit period (1999 - present) by Funding Universe's Company Histories
- National Geographic's first hologram cover, by Antiquarian Holographica
- History of Holography, by the International Hologram Manufacturers Association