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Sale 1200 — The William H. Gross Collection: U.S. Stamp Multiples

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 8-9 May, 2019

Category — 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
81°
ogbl
Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 81, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101), This beautifully centered original-gum block of six is the largest recorded unused multiple of the 12¢ E Grill

DESCRIPTION

12¢ Black, E. Grill (90), horizontal block of six with interpane margin at left, original gum, remarkably choice centering, deep shade, sharp impression, strong grills

PROVENANCE

Possibly Benjamin D. Phillips (inventory lists a block of six with straight edge, but at right, not left--perhaps in error)

Siegel Auction Galleries, 1983 Rarities of the World, 4/23/1981, Sale 618, lot 112

Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions, 5/7-9/2004, lot 643, to William H. Gross

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (2004)

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine; certificate notes trivial gum adherences

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$47,500.00 as a block and pair

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

Blocks of the 12¢ E Grill are much rarer than multiples of the 10¢ or 15¢ E Grill, or the F Grills up through the 15¢. Not one block of the 12¢ E Grill was included in the massive classic collections formed by Caspary, Crocker, Eno, Lilly, Moody, West or Ishikawa. The Green collection had two off-center blocks, and the Klein collection had one off-center block (all with original gum).

E. 40,000-50,000
50,000
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