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Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 861, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)12c Black, F. Grill, Double Transfer of Bottom Frameline (97 var), 12c Black, F. Grill, Double Transfer of Bottom Frameline (97 var)12c Black, F. Grill, Double Transfer of Bottom Frameline (97 var). Unused (no gum), clear double transfer at bottom, intense shade, Fine, Scott Retail for this double transfer with original gum is $3,250.00, Scott value for normal without gum

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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1867-68 Grilled Issue
2019-05-08
The William H. Gross Collection: Outstanding U.S. Stamp Multiples
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 89, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101), This beautiful strip of four is the only recorded 12¢ 1861-68 multiple with the full imprint and plate number--an important classic piece of great beauty and quality

DESCRIPTION

12¢ Black, F. Grill (97), unused horizontal strip of four (no gum) with "ENGRAVED BY THE NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY CITY OF NEW YORK" imprint and "No. 16 Plate." plate number at bottom, crisp shade and impression, nearly perfect centering

PROVENANCE

"Country Gentleman," Siegel Auction Galleries, 11/29-30/1972, Sale 422, lot 239

John C. Chapin (collection sold privately to Shreves and then to William H. Gross, 2002)

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

John C. Chapin, A Census of United States Classic Plate Blocks 1851-1882, census no. 310

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1983)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine; a few negligible perf separations noted on certificate

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$50,000.00 for this strip, which is the only one recorded, but it has not sold publicly for decades

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The Unique 12¢ 1861-68 Full Imprint and Plate Number

When the National Bank Note Co. won the contract to print stamps, they had already designed the 1861 Issue, engraved the dies and made eight plates for each denomination, and printed sheets of "sample labels" to submit as part of the competitive bidding process. The differences between the 12¢ First and Second Designs are significant. The First Design die was used to make Plate 5, and that plate was only used for the trial printing. The Second Design stamps issued from 1861 through 1868 were printed from one plate, Plate 16. Another plate, Plate 60, was made for the 1875 Re-Issue (Scott 107). Beginning in January 1868, the 12¢ stamps were grilled, using the machines patented by Charles F. Steel and starting with the Z Grill (Scott 85E), followed by the E and F Grills (Scott 90 and 97).

12¢ stamp multiples with the plate number are extremely rare, and the Chapin census is probably inaccurate. Our records show three examples (all bottom positions):

1) Scott 69, Chapin no. 249, pair, o.g., part imprint and number, ex dos Passos (Robbins 9/22/1981, lot 751)

2) Scott 69, Chapin no. 250, pair, o.g., part imprint and number, ex Lilly, Frelinghuysen (Sale 1021, lot 216; we wrongly said it was an addition to the record)

3) Scott 97, Chapin no. 310, strip of 4, no gum, full imprint and plate number, offered in this sale

The Chapin no. 251 entry lists a Scott 69 strip of four in the Hind sale (Phillips-Kennett, 11/20/1933, lot 266), but the description for that strip reads "part imprint and plate No., perfs close at bottom." In our opinion, that strip was reduced to the pair listed in Chapin as no. 250 (#2 in the list above). A plate block of eight with "Specimen" overprint was altered prior to 1940 by removing the overprint. According to Ashbrook's indexed notes, it was offered by Klemann to Moody, but Colson determined it had the overprint removed--its current whereabouts is not known.

Therefore, based on the above careful analysis, this strip of four is the only known 12¢ 1861-68 stamp multiple with the full imprint and plate number. It was part of the Chapin collection, which Mr. Gross acquired in 2002 in a private transaction.

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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1867-68 Grilled Issue
2017-07-25
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1162, Lot Number 186, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)12c Black, F. Grill (97), 12c Black, F. Grill (97)12c Black, F. Grill (97). Unused (no gum), rich shade, Very Fine, with 2002 P.S.E. certificate

1,100
300
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1867-68 Grilled Issue
2016-09-14
The Alan Collection of United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1134, Lot Number 97, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)12c Black, F. Grill (97), 12c Black, F. Grill (97)12c Black, F. Grill (97). Unused (regummed), attractive margins and centering, slight overall toning, otherwise Very Fine, with 2010 P.F. certificate

1,100
300
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1867-68 Grilled Issue
2014-12-17
U.S., Possessions and Confederate States Stamps & Postal History
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Sale Number 1090, Lot Number 1233, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)12c Black, F. Grill (97), 12c Black, F. Grill (97)12c Black, F. Grill (97). Unused (no gum), deep shade, strong impression, recent certificate notes a light crease at top left, otherwise Very Fine, with 2007 A.P.S. certificate (as the Very Thin Paper variety) and 2014 P.F. certificate

1,100
325
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19th Century Issues
1867-68 Grilled Issue
2014-07-29
United States Stamps and Possessions
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Sale Number 1077, Lot Number 104, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)12c Black, F. Grill, Very Thin Paper (97 var), 12c Black, F. Grill, Very Thin Paper (97 var)12c Black, F. Grill, Very Thin Paper (97 var). Unused (no gum), intense shade and proof-like impression, wide margins, Extremely Fine example of this desirable variety, with 1976 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as no gum without any premium for the variety

1,100
700
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1867-68 Grilled Issue
2014-03-24
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1067, Lot Number 1082, 1867-68 Grilled Issue and 1875 Re-Issue of 1861 Issue (Scott 84-111)12c Black, F. Grill (97), 12c Black, F. Grill (97)12c Black, F. Grill (97). Unused (no gum), clear grill, wide margins, Very Fine, with 1987 P.F. certificate

1,100
550
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1867-68 Grilled Issue
2013-11-19
United States Stamps
3508
PSE 85
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Sale Number 1061, Lot Number 3508, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-100)12c Black, F. Grill (97), 12c Black, F. Grill (97)12c Black, F. Grill (97). Unused (no gum), intense shade and proof-like impression, wide margins, Extremely Fine, a beautiful unused stamp, with 2005 P.F., 2004 and 2013 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $1,700.00)

1,100
1,100
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1867-68 Grilled Issue
2013-07-16
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1050, Lot Number 222, 1867-68 Grilled Issue and 1875 Re-Issue (Scott 83-105)12c Black, F. Grill (97), 12c Black, F. Grill (97)12c Black, F. Grill (97). Unused (no gum), clear grill, deep shade, reperfed, appears Fine

1,100
350
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1867-68 Grilled Issue
2013-03-26
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1040, Lot Number 1339, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-101)12c Black, F. Grill (97), 12c Black, F. Grill (97)12c Black, F. Grill (97). Unused (no gum), intense shade and proof-like impression, wide margins, Extremely Fine, a superb unused stamp, with 2004 P.S.E. and 2005 P.F. certificates.

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