Sale 961 — The Dr. Edward and Joanne Dauer Collection of Superb Used U.S.
Sale Date — Tuesday, 23 September, 2008
Category — 1867-68 Grilled Issues
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 1999 P.F. certificate. With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $20,600.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date and only two others have achieved this grade. Scott Retail for Fine centering