VERY FINE AND CHOICE LIGHTLY HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT E GRILL. A SCARCE STAMP IN THIS SUPERIOR ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.
Of the grilled stamps that were produced in greater quantities (the low-denomination E and F Grills), the 2c E Grill is a surprisingly difficult stamp to find in choice original-gum condition. It is much scarcer in this condition than the 2c F Grill.
1991 P.F. certificate no longer accompanies. With 2003 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT E GRILL.
With 2005 P.F. certificate
2¢ Black, F. Grill (87), horizontal strip of four with "ENGRAVED BY THE NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY CITY OF NEW YORK" imprint and "No. 30 Plate." plate number at bottom, original gum, exceptionally well-centered for this issue
T. Charlton Henry, Harmer, Rooke sale, 12/14-16/1960, lot 299
Dr. Joseph F. Rorke, Christie's Robson Lowe, 3/16/1988, lot 594
Ivy, Shreve & Mader sale, 12/9/1988, lot 470, to Chapin
John C. Chapin (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross, 2002)
Chapin census no. 291 The Philatelic Foundation (1988)
CONDITION NOTES SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)
Very Fine and choice $6,500.00
HISTORY AND COMMENTARY
The Chapin census records more than 30 plate number multiples for Scott 73, 87 and 93, but there are only seven strips of the F Grill (Scott 93), and no plate blocks outside of the two recorded panes of 100. One pane is believed to remain intact following its sale in 2002 (Metzger collection, Matthew Bennett Inc.). The other was part of the Maryette B. Lane Black Jack collection that was stolen decades ago, but was not contained in the recovered material.
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT E GRILL.
With 2007 P.F. certificate (VF-XF 85). Only two have achieved this grade at the P.F. and the highest grade awarded by P.S.E. is 80.