Sale 953 — United States Stamps
Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 25-28 March, 2008
Category — 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)
EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 10-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE GRILLED ISSUE.
This stamp is found more frequently with small margins and very few visible grill points. The original-gum example offered here, with extra wide margins and a well-defined grill, is a condition rarity and ranks among the finest known.
Signed Weill and with 1987 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFULLY CENTERED ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1870 NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE.
With 2007 P.S.E. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 12-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE.
With 1997 P.S.E. and 1998 P.F. certificates
FINE. THIS STAMP IS THE DISCOVERY COPY OF THE 15-CENT I GRILL, WHICH IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL UNITED STATES STAMPS. ONLY TEN USED AND TWO UNUSED EXAMPLES HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED. THIS RARITY DESERVES MAJOR CATALOGUE LISTING STATUS.
At least two sizes of grills were used by the National Bank Note Company for the 1870 Issue. The I Grill measures from 9-11 points wide by 10-13 points tall. The I Grill is currently recorded on all values except the 12c, 24c and 30c (there are unconfirmed reports of the I Grill on the 12c and 24c). The 1c thru 7c values make up most of the population of I Grill stamps. The 10c, 15c and 90c I Grills are extremely rare, and it is only in recent years that their existence was reported by Ronald Burns.
With 1955 and 2008 P.F. certificates and accompanied by 1953 note from Stanley Gibbons where purchased by the current owner. Small backstamp.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A DESIRABLE EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1870 NATIONAL BANK NOTE GRILLED ISSUE, AS THERE ARE VERY FEW THAT HAVE FANCY CANCELLATIONS.
With 1996 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A MARVELOUS SUPERBLY-CENTERED 24-CENT 1870 NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE WITH VIVID RED CANCEL.
With 1993 P.S.E. certificate
VERY FINE. A GORGEOUS 1870 30-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE WITH VIVID RED NEW YORK FOREIGN MAIL CANCEL.
With 1986 and 1999 P.F. and 2002 P.S.E. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERBLY-CENTERED 1870 30-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE WITH RED CANCEL.
With 1995 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXTRAORDINARILY WELL-CENTERED USED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1870 NATIONAL GRILLED ISSUE WITH A FACE-FREE CANCEL.
With 1978 P.F. certificate