VERY FINE AND CHOICE. THIS GORGEOUS STAMP IS ONE OF THE FINEST ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF THE 1868 12-CENT Z GRILL IN EXISTENCE. ONLY TWO OTHERS KNOWN TO US CAN BE FAVORABLY COMPARED WITH THE CENTERING OF THE STAMP OFFERED HERE, BUT THE INTENSITY OF SHADE AND OVERALL CONDITION OF THIS STAMP SURPASS ANY WE HAVE SEEN.
Although the supremely rare Z Grills (Scott 85A, 85D and 85F) have attracted more attention over the years, the rarity of original-gum examples of the 2c, 3c and 12c Z Grill has been well-known to collectors who demand Very Fine or Extremely Fine centering and original gum. Unlike the 2c Z Grill, no well-centered blocks of the 3c or 12c have been available to furnish singles.
A review using Power Search found only one other sound and reasonably well-centered copy, offered in our 2009 Alan Whitman sale.
With 1971 and 1994 P.F. certificates