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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
84°
og
Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 84, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101), Probably the finest of the few 2¢ F Grill imprint and plate number multiples with original gum

DESCRIPTION

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

PROVENANCE

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)

CENSUS CERTIFICATION

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.

E. 5,000-7,500
5,500
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