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Sale 863 — 2003 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 31 May, 2003

Category — 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 86 to 91)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
348
og
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 348, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 86 to 91)1c Blue, E. Grill (86), 1c Blue, E. Grill (86)1c Blue, E. Grill (86). Original gum, bright blue color and proof-like impression on fresh paper, bold grill points

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. THE 1868 ONE-CENT E GRILL IS FAR SCARCER THAN ITS F-GRILL COUNTERPART, PARTICULARLY IN ORIGINAL GUM CONDITION.

Some time ago we observed that the 1c E Grill appeared at auction very infrequently, in any form. After analyzing the early 1868 regular-production grills (Z, D, E and F), we concluded that grilling of 1c with the E (and Z) Grill must have been short-lived, occurring sometime around February 28, 1868. Later grilling of 1c stamps was probably done with the F Grill. Of the 1c E Grill supply, relatively little appears to have reached the philatelic market, as evidenced by the stamp's scarcity.

With 1997 P.F. certificate

3,000
5,000
349
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 349, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 86 to 91)2c Black, E. Grill (87), 2c Black, E. Grill (87)2c Black, E. Grill (87). Original gum, barest trace of hinge (if at all -- described in 1991 by the P.F. as Mint N.H.), strong grill impression, choice centering on fresh paper with long full perfs all around

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT E GRILL, WHICH IS EXCEEDINGLY SCARCE IN THIS CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.

Of the grilled stamps that were produced in greater quantity (the low-denomination E and F Grills), the 2c E Grill is a surprisingly difficult stamp to find in superb condition. It is much scarcer in this condition than the 2c F Grill.

With 2003 P.F. certificate

1,550
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350
og
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 350, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 86 to 91)3c Rose, E. Grill (88), 3c Rose, E. Grill (88)3c Rose, E. Grill (88). Original gum, lightly hinged, beautiful deep Rose shade characteristic of early regular-issue 3c grilled stamps, strong grill impression, choice centering on fresh paper with long full perfs all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A WONDERFUL COPY OF THE 1868 3-CENT E GRILL. AN ELUSIVE STAMP IN THIS CHOICE SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.

With 1983 and 2002 P.F. certificates

900
2,200
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351
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 351, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 86 to 91)10c Green, E. Grill (89), 10c Green, E. Grill (89)10c Green, E. Grill (89). Original gum, well-centered with extraordinarily wide margins, clearly defined grill, beautiful dark shade and brilliant freshness

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SPECTACULAR ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE SCARCE 1868 10-CENT E GRILL WITH REMARKABLE COLOR AND IMPRESSION.

Our previous comments about the relative rarity of E and F Grills in choice original-gum condition apply to the 10c, and perhaps even more so. While blocks of the 10c F Grill have been broken in recent years, yielding some choice single stamps, the 10c E Grill blocks are extremely rare and always have been. Caspary's block of 18 was broken years ago, but many of the stamps had faults or disturbed gum. Few other blocks have become available to furnish singles. This stamp is certainly among the finest extant.

With 1998 P.F. certificate

5,000
6,500
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352
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 352, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 86 to 91)10c Green, E. Grill (89), 10c Green, E. Grill (89)10c Green, E. Grill (89). Original gum, unusually choice centering, easily identifiable grill points

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 10-CENT E GRILL WITH REMARKABLE CENTERING -- RARE IN THIS CHOICE CONDITION.

The centering and soundness of this 10c E Grill place it high on the condition census.

With 1999 P.F. certificate

5,000
6,250
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353
og
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 353, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 86 to 91)12c Black, E. Grill (90), 12c Black, E. Grill (90)12c Black, E. Grill (90). Original gum, strong grill, sharp impression, very fresh

VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 12-CENT E GRILL.

With 1985 and 1997 P.F. certificates

4,850
2,900
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354
bl
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 354, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 86 to 91)12c Black, E. Grill (90), 12c Black, E. Grill (90)12c Black, E. Grill (90). Block of six, clear grills, crisp impression, neat strikes of "leaf" fancy cancel, slight wrinkling at top of top right and top center stamps

FINE-VERY FINE AND RARE. THIS IS ONE OF TWO RECORDED USED BLOCKS OF SIX, THE LARGEST RECORDED USED MULTIPLES OF THE 1868 12-CENT E GRILL.

Ex Herzog and Hanschen. The other recorded block realized $4,000 hammer in our Twigg-Smith auction (Sale 835, lot 183). Scott Retail as a block of four and pair.

3,250
3,750
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355
og
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 355, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 86 to 91)15c Black, E. Grill (91), 15c Black, E. Grill (91)15c Black, E. Grill (91). Original gum, lightly hinged, clearly-defined grill, crisp impression on fresh paper

VERY FINE AND FRESH ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 15-CENT E GRILL.

With 1980 (copy for block of four) and 1992 P.F. and 2002 P.S.E. certificates

9,500
5,500
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