5¢ Brown, F. Grill (95), block of six with "ENGRAVED BY THE NATIONAL BANK (NOTE COMPANY CITY OF NEW YORK)" part imprint and "No. 17 (Plate.)" plate number at bottom, original gum, centered to upper left, rich color
Col. Edward H. R. Green, Part 24, Irwin Heiman sale, 1/8-10/1946, lot 163
Bought privately from Larry Bustillo (Suburban Stamp Co.)
Chapin census no. 308
Very Good appearance; top right and bottom row stamps creased, short perfs at right mostly in selvage, tiny hinge reinforcements
HISTORY AND COMMENTARY
Unused blocks of the 5¢ 1861-68 Jefferson stamps, in any shade, grilled or ungrilled, are rare. The only ungrilled plate number multiples are a plate block of eight of Scott 76 with "Specimen" overprint, a Scott 76 plate strip of four (Siegel Sale 422, lot 204), and the strip offered in lot 71. This is the only recorded plate number multiple of the 5¢ F Grill (Scott 95).
5¢ Brown, F. Grill (95), block of four, original gum, warm rich color, centered to top but nicely balanced at sides
Walter C. Klein, Christie's Robson Lowe sale, 9/27/1988, lot 249, to Zoellner
Robert Zoellner, Siegel Auction Galleries, 10/8-10/1998, Sale 804, lot 252, to Mr. Gross
SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)
VERY FINE APPEARING AND RARE 1868 GRILLED ISSUE AND 1870 GRILLED BANK NOTE ISSUE COMBINATION ON COVER TO NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA.
This was franked for the 28c rate by British Mail via Southampton. With 1988 P.F. certificate not mentioning any faults