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Sale 1010 — 2011 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 18 June, 2011

Category — 1867-68 Grilled Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
46°
 
Sale Number 1010, Lot Number 46, 1867-68 Grilled Issue3c Rose, C. Grill (83), 3c Rose, C. Grill (83)3c Rose, C. Grill (83). Deep rich color, clearly-defined grill, choice centering, cancelled by Blue Bird fancy cancel of Rockford Ill., full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. WIDELY REGARDED BY STUDENTS OF UNITED STATES STAMPS AS THE FINEST USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1867 3-CENT ROSE C GRILL IN EXISTENCE.

Ex Welling, Morris, Hinrichs and Scarsdale. With 1985, 1994 and 2004 P.F. certificates.

1,250
13,000
47°
 
Sale Number 1010, Lot Number 47, 1867-68 Grilled Issue3c Rose, D. Grill (85), 3c Rose, D. Grill (85)3c Rose, D. Grill (85). Unusually choice centering, rich color, clearly-defined grill easily visible from the front, bold strike of circle of wedges cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1867 3-CENT D GRILL, WHICH IS GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

With 1989 and 2006 P.F. certificates. With 2006 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $7,000.00). Only three have graded higher to date (98 is the highest) and only one other shares this grade

1,250
5,250
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48
 
Sale Number 1010, Lot Number 48, 1867-68 Grilled Issue3c Rose, D. Grill (85), 3c Rose, D. Grill (85)3c Rose, D. Grill (85). Brilliant color on crisp paper, well-defined grill, well-balanced margins, unobtrusive cancel

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1867 3-CENT D GRILL.

With 1993 and 2008 P.F. certificates.

1,250
1,300
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49
og
Sale Number 1010, Lot Number 49, 1867-68 Grilled Issue10c Green, E. Grill, "TAG" Variety (89 var), 10c Green, E. Grill, "TAG" Variety (89 var)10c Green, E. Grill, "TAG" Variety (89 var). Original gum, clearly-defined grill, deep rich color and proof-like impression, well-proportioned margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 10-CENT E GRILL WITH THE "TAG" TRANSFER VARIETY.

With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (OGh, VF-XF 85; SMQ $9,750.00).

5,250
7,000
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50°
og
Sale Number 1010, Lot Number 50, 1867-68 Grilled Issue15c Black, E. Grill (91), 15c Black, E. Grill (91)15c Black, E. Grill (91). Original gum, clearly defined grill, beautiful shade and impression, choice centering with enormous margins

EXTREMELY FINE. THE 1868 15-CENT E GRILL IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF THE GRILLED ISSUES WITH ORIGINAL GUM AND WITH SUCH WIDE MARGINS.

As an indication of the rarity of 15c E Grill stamps with original gum, the Scott Catalogue values original-gum condition at more than twice the value of unused without gum. This stamp, with its unusually wide margins, full original gum, and overall freshness, is truly a remarkable rarity.

With 1998 and 2007 P.F. certificates

12,500
6,500
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51°
nh
Sale Number 1010, Lot Number 51, 1867-68 Grilled Issue5c Brown, F. Grill (95). Mint N.H, 5c Brown, F. Grill (95). Mint N.H5c Brown, F. Grill (95). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression, clearly-defined grill, unusually choice centering for this difficult issue

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE SOUND AND CENTERED MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1867 5-CENT F GRILL. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.

The 5c F Grill is rare but does exist in Mint N.H. condition. These have primarily been harvested from blocks broken in the last decade. We have offered five others since keeping computerized records. However, none has been truly well-centered. The margins are generally narrow, and the perforations often touch the design. The stamp offered here has every characteristic one could hope for -- Mint N.H. gum, a clear grill, wide and balanced margins which are well clear of the perforations and long and full perforations all around.

With 1988 and 2006 P.F. certificates (XF 90). Scott Retail as hinged

3,750
10,000
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52°
og
Sale Number 1010, Lot Number 52, 1867-68 Grilled Issue24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99), 24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99)24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99). Original gum, lightly hinged, radiant color on bright paper, clearly-defined grill which is also present on selvage at right, unusually choice centering for this difficult issue

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1867 24-CENT F GRILL, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. ARGUABLY THE FINEST SINGLE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THIS STAMP EXTANT.

The higher-denomination F Grills were produced in limited quantities and seem to have caused National Bank Note Co. difficulty in applying perforations. They are typically off center with very choppy perfs This stamp has uncharacteristically precise centering and well-formed perforations. The attached sheet selvage also shows an impression of the grill, which appears only in the side selvage on Z and F Grills. Conversely, the extra grill impression appears in the top and bottom selvage of D and E Grills, which indicates a difference in how the D/E and F/Z Grills were applied.

With 1991 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (OGh, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $39,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date and the only example to achieve this grade.

9,000
28,000
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