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Sale 937 — 2007 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 16 June, 2007

Category — 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Grilled Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
143
 
Sale Number 937, Lot Number 143, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Grilled Issue10c Brown, I Grill (139 var), 10c Brown, I Grill (139 var)10c Brown, I Grill (139 var). Well-defined outline of I Grill points from the early state of the grilling device, rich color, choice centering for this difficult issue, bold strike of quartered cork cancel

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. THE 10-CENT I GRILL IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL UNITED STATES STAMPS. TO DATE, ONLY ELEVEN USED EXAMPLES HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED. THIS IS THE LISTING COPY. BY ALL RIGHTS, THIS GRILL SHOULD BE GIVEN A MAJOR CATALOGUE LISTING AND TREATED THE SAME AS ITS OTHER RARE GRILLED COUNTERPARTS FROM THE 1867-68 ISSUE.

At least two sizes of grills were used by the National Bank Note Company for the 1870 Issue. They are identified in the Scott Catalogue by a notation preceding Scott 134, which assigns them the letters H and I, but these have not been separately catalogued, as have the different grills used in 1867 and 1868 (A, B, C, D, Z, E and F). The I Grill measures from 9-11 points wide by 10-13 points tall. It is currently recorded on all values except the 12c, 24c and 30c (there are unconfirmed reports of the I Grill on the 12c and 24c). The 1c thru 7c values make up most of the population of I Grill stamps. The 10c, 15c and 90c I Grills are extremely rare and it is only in recent years that their existence was reported by Ronald Burns.

Illustrated in Opinions VII by The Philatelic Foundation. With 1993 and 2000 P.F. certificates, the former not identifying the grill type.

E. 4,000-5,000
4,250
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