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)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
537
 
Sale 953, Lot 537, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)1c Ultramarine, Grill (134). H. Grill, well-centered, bright color, circular datestamp and target cancel, Very Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate

200
160
538
 
Sale 953, Lot 538, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)2c Red Brown, Grill (135). I. Grill, clearly-defined grill points, radiant color, unobtrusive cancel, Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $200.00 as 90, $540.00 as 95)

80
300
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539
 
Sale 953, Lot 539, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)2c Red Brown, Grill (135). I. Grill, wide margins and very attractive centering, strong color and light target cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1992 P.F. certificate

80
225
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540
 
Sale 953, Lot 540, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)6c Carmine, Grill (137). H. Grill, well-centered, cork cancel and red credit datestamp, Very Fine, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate

525
350
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541
 
Sale 953, Lot 541, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)6c Carmine, Grill (137). I. Grill, wide margins, large blue grid cancel, Very Fine, with 1989 P.F. certificate

535
1,000
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542
 
Sale 953, Lot 542, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)6c Carmine, Grill (137). H. Grill, rich color, unusual small unframed grid cancel., couple trivial perf flaws, otherwise Very Fine, with 1987 P.F. certificate that does not mention perf flaws

525
250
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543
 
Sale 953, Lot 543, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)7c Vermilion, Grill (138). H. Grill with clear grill points at bottom left, brilliant color, Jumbo margins, unobtrusive quartered cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $1,150.00 as 90, $2,950.00 as 95)

525
2,300
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544
 
Sale 953, Lot 544, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)7c Vermilion, Grill (138). I. Grill, wonderfully well-centered with deep rich color, nearly face-free small blue target cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1978 P.F. certificate

525
5,750
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545
 
Sale 953, Lot 545, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)7c Vermilion, Grill (138). H. Grill, vivid color, bold unusual circle of small wedges cancel, Very Fine and attractive, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate

525
300
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546
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Sale 953, Lot 546, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)10c Brown, Grill (139). H. Grill, original gum, exceptionally wide margins and unusually well-centered, marvelous color with an easily discernible grill at lower right

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

7,000
20,000
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547
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Sale 953, Lot 547, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)10c Brown, Grill (139). H. Grill, slightly disturbed original gum, magnificent depth of color

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

7,000
2,300
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548
 
Sale 953, Lot 548, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)10c Brown, Grill (139). H. Grill, well-centered and with rich color, light cork cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 1993 P.F. certificate

800
1,000
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549
 
Sale 953, Lot 549, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)12c Dull Violet, Grill (140). H. Grill with several discernible grill points, deep rich color, neat cancel, well-balanced margins

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

3,250
2,700
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550
 
Sale 953, Lot 550, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)12c Dull Violet, Grill (140). H. Grill, pleasing centering and stronger color than typically seen for this issue, light two stroke violet ms. cancel and red numeral accountancy handstamp, Very Fine, with 1969 and 1998 P.F. certificates

3,250
1,800
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551
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Sale 953, Lot 551, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)15c Orange, Grill (141). H. Grill, original gum, bright color, horizontal creases at top, otherwise Fine, a rare original-gum example of the 15c 1870 Grill, with 1989 P.F. certificate

8,500
1,200
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552
 
Sale 953, Lot 552, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)15c Orange, I. Grill (141 var). Well-defined I Grill points from the early state of the grilling device, brilliant color, neat strike of segmented cork cancel, tiny corner perf crease at bottom right

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.

E. 2,000-3,000
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553
 
Sale 953, Lot 553, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)15c Orange, Grill (141). H. Grill, exceptionally wide margins, magnificent intensity of color seldom seen on the 15c Bank Note Grilled stamp, bold green fancy rosette cancel with the rim of the matching circular datestamp at left, small margin flaw at right along with a partly nibbed perf, still Extremely Fine, green cancels are very rarely found on high-value Bank Note stamps, quite possibly unique on the 15c Grill (Scott premium of $300.00 is long out of date)

1,600
4,000
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554
 
Sale 953, Lot 554, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)24c Purple, Grill (142). H. Grill, nicely centered, characteristic pale shade of the Grill Issue, scarce blue waffle grid fancy cancel

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

7,500
15,000
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555
 
Sale 953, Lot 555, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)24c Purple, Grill (142). H. Grill, extraordinarily well-centered, typical pale shade, bold red New York Foreign Mail crossroads cancel, couple really trivial perf flaws

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

7,500
0
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556
 
Sale 953, Lot 556, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)30c Black, Grill (143). H. Grill, three extra wide margins, intense shade on fresh paper, vivid red New York Foreign Mail Star cancel

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

3,875
4,250
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557
 
Sale 953, Lot 557, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)30c Black, Grill (143). H. Grill, exceptionally well-centered, intense color on bright paper, light red cancel

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERBLY-CENTERED 1870 30-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE WITH RED CANCEL.

With 1995 P.F. certificate

3,875
7,000
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558
 
Sale 953, Lot 558, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)90c Carmine, Grill (144). H. Grill, well-centered, magnificent strong color, essentially face-free cancel

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

2,500
4,750
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559
 
Sale 953, Lot 559, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)90c Carmine, Grill (144). H. Grill, exceptional margins and attractive centering, rich color, large bars cancel, trivial corner perf crease at top right not mentioned on certificate, still Very Fine and choice, with 1996 P.F. certificate

2,500
1,000
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