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Sale 821 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday, 28 March, 2000

Category — 1867-68 Grilled Issue (A, C, D and Z Grills)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
415
 
3c Rose, A. Grill (79). Quartered cork cancel, usual small faults, appears Very Fine, an extremely difficult stamp in any condition

850
250
416
 
Sale Number 821, Lot Number 416, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (A, C, D and Z Grills)3c Rose, C. Grill (83), 3c Rose, C. Grill (83)3c Rose, C. Grill (83). Well-centered with immense margins, light cds, clear grill, small lightened stain spot, otherwise Extremely Fine, with 1994 P.F. certificate

850
600
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417
og
Sale Number 821, Lot Number 417, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (A, C, D and Z Grills)3c Rose, C. Grill, Imperforate (83a), 3c Rose, C. Grill, Imperforate (83a)3c Rose, C. Grill, Imperforate (83a). O.g., lightly hinged, large even margins, well-defined grills (break thru on a few points), bright shade, Extremely Fine, with 1989 P.F. certificate

1,850
725
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418
og
3c Rose, C. Grill, Imperforate (83a). Pair, o.g., ample to large margins, sharp grill points (few breaks in grill), fresh and Very Fine, small red backstamps, with 1983 P.F. certificate

1,850
750
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419
 
Sale Number 821, Lot Number 419, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (A, C, D and Z Grills)2c Black, D. Grill (84), 2c Black, D. Grill (84)2c Black, D. Grill (84). Perfectly centered with wide balanced margins, quartered cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AFTER THE 1-CENT AND 15-CENT Z GRILLS, THE 2-CENT D GRILL IS THE RAREST OF THE GRILLED ISSUES.

The grilling device equipped with the D Grill was probably 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), we believe that the conversion from the D to the E Grill took place only one or two days after sheets of the 2c were first run through the D-equipped machine. The great rarity of 2c D Grills, relative to all other regularly produced grills bears out this theory. Only a few exist in this quality.

With 1999 P.F. certificate

2,250
6,750
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420
 
2c Black, D. Grill (84). Well-centered with wide even margins, sharp impression with clear grill points, faint cancel, reperfed at top, otherwise Extremely Fine example of this very difficult stamp

2,250
1,400
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421
 
Sale Number 821, Lot Number 421, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (A, C, D and Z Grills)2c Black, Z. Grill (85B), 2c Black, Z. Grill (85B)2c Black, Z. Grill (85B). Well centered with huge margins for this stamp, full and clearly-defined grill showing all of the points, well-struck radial cancel, long full perfs

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AMONG THE FINEST EXISTING USED EXAMPLES OF THE 1868 2-CENT Z GRILL. AN OUTSTANDING STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.

If this stamp was an ungrilled 2c Black Jack, it would merit the highest rank among used examples. The plates used to print these stamps failed to provide enough space between subjects for the large 12-gauge perf holes. Consequently, most Black Jack stamps have perfs touching the design on one or two sides. This scarcity of centered copies multiplies exponentially when the Z Grill is factored into the equation. Only a small quantity of 2c sheets were grilled during the period when the Z device was active -- after the D Grill, the Z is the rarest of Black Jack grilled stamps -- and discriminating collectors are well aware of the rarity of well-centered examples of 85B. This stamp's centering and margin width both far exceed the standard of the issue.

With 1995 P.F. certificate

800
3,750
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