VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1867 3-CENT A GRILL.
Due to the fact that the grilling machine covered the entire area of the stamp, the perforations on the A Grills were usually damaged during separation.
With 2002 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1867 3-CENT C GRILL.
With 1986 and 2003 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1867 3-CENT C GRILL.
With 2000 P.S.E. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AFTER THE ONE-CENT AND 15-CENT Z GRILLS, THE 1868 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. Very few exist in this quality.
With 1999 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 3-CENT D GRILL WITH "R" FANCY CANCEL.
With 1995 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. THE 1868 2-CENT Z GRILL IS SCARCE IN SUCH CHOICE CONDITION. THIS STAMP, WITH A VIVID RED CANCEL, IS UNUSUALLY ATTRACTIVE.
With 1997 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A TRUE CONDITION RARITY.
As experienced collectors know, Black Jacks with perforations clear of the design are scarce, and those with the Z Grill are rare.
With 1998 A.P.S. and 2002 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 12-CENT Z GRILL.
Although the supremely rare 1c, 10c and 15c Z Grills have attracted more attention over the years, the rarity of original-gum examples of the 2c, 3c and 12c Z Grill has been well-known to collectors who demand Very Fine or Extremely Fine centering and original gum. Unlike the 2c Z Grill, no well-centered blocks of the 3c or 12c have been available to furnish singles. This stamp comes from a recent find and has never been in a collector's album.