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Sale 968 — The Alan B. Whitman Collection of Outstanding United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 27-28 January, 2009

Category — 1867 Experimental Grilled Issue (C Grill, Scott 83 and varieties)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
102
og
Sale Number 968, Lot Number 102, 1867 Experimental Grilled Issue (C Grill, Scott 83 and varieties)3c Rose, C. Grill (83), 3c Rose, C. Grill (83)3c Rose, C. Grill (83). Original gum, lightly hinged, clearly-defined grill which is easily visible from the front of the stamp, radiant color on post-office fresh paper, gorgeous centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1867 3-CENT C GRILL, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE. A STAMP OF GREAT BEAUTY.

The 3c is the only denomination that comes with the distinctive C Grill, with the grill points facing up instead of down. The few high-grade original-gum examples owe their existence to the division of blocks of four in recent years.

With 1989 and 1997 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, XF-Superb 95). This is the highest grade awarded to date and only two others share this grade.

6,500
26,000
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