Sale 1255 — The David W. Gorham Collection of Outstanding Used U.S. Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 17-20 May, 2022

Category — 1867-68 Grilled Issue, A, C, D, Z Grills (Scott 79-85E)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
552
 
Sale 1255, Lot 552, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, A, C, D, Z Grills (Scott 79-85E)2c Black, D. Grill (84). Deep shade and detailed impression, clearly defined grill, light strike of cork cancel, unusually choice centering for this difficult issue

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. APART FROM THE A AND Z GRILL RARITIES, THE 2-CENT 1868 D GRILL IS THE RAREST OF ALL GRILLED ISSUES. PROBABLY FEWER THAN TEN COPIES EXIST IN THIS SUPERB CONDITION.

The device equipped with the D Grill was refitted with the E Grill on or about February 9, 1868. Based on the earliest known usages of the 2c D Grill (2/15/68) and 3c E Grill (2/19/68), it is our theory that the conversion from the D to E Grill took place only a day or so after sheets of 2c stamps were first run through the D-equipped machine. The great rarity of 2c D Grills, relative to all other regular-production grills, bears out this theory.

With 2004 P.F. and 2005 and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $20,000.00). Only two grade higher (at 98) and four others share this desirable grade. We have not offered either of the 98s, and the last time we offered one in this grade was in 2008.

5,250
9,500