Sale 1007 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 8-10 March, 2011

Category — 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 97-101)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2243
 
Sale 1007, Lot 2243, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 97-101)12c Black, F. Grill (97). Intense shade and proof-like impression on bright paper, Jumbo margins all around, unobtrusive strike of quartered cork cancel, Extremely Fine, a pretty stamp, with 2010 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $800.00 as 90, $2,450.00 as 95)

300
850
2244
 
Sale 1007, Lot 2244, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 97-101)12c Black, F. Grill (97). Intense shade, clear grill, neat red cancel, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2010 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $475.00)

350
600
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2245
 
Sale 1007, Lot 2245, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 97-101)12c Black, F. Grill (97). Detailed impression, wide and balanced margins, cork cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2010 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $800.00)

300
600
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2246
og
Sale 1007, Lot 2246, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 97-101)15c Black, F. Grill (98). Original gum, bright shade, Fine, with 2007 P.F. certificate

4,500
600
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2247
 
Sale 1007, Lot 2247, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 97-101)15c Black, F. Grill (98). Almost perfectly centered, intense shade, Lincoln portrait flanked by attractive blue cork cancels, Extremely Fine, with 2010 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $950.00)

370
800
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2248
 
Sale 1007, Lot 2248, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 97-101)30c Orange, F. Grill (100). Radiant color, clearly-defined grill, well-struck Anchor in Diamond of Dots French Maritime cancel, Fine, scarce, with 1988 P.F. certificate

1,000
400
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2249
 
Sale 1007, Lot 2249, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 97-101)30c Orange, F. Grill (100). Bright color, neat strike of "Hiogo, Japan" double-circle handstamp, Fine, scarce cancel on this issue, with 1991 P.F. certificate

1,400
225
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2250
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Sale 1007, Lot 2250, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 97-101)30c Orange, F. Grill (100). Block of four, vibrant color, neat cork cancels, centered to left, top right stamp small thin spot, top left stamp tiny natural paper wrinkle

VERY GOOD APPEARANCE. A RARE USED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1868 30-CENT F GRILL. ONLY FOUR OR FIVE USED BLOCKS ARE KNOWN.

As an indication of rarity, the last used block we offered was in our 2001 auction of the Twigg-Smith collection.

Ex Klein.

10,000
1,600
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2251
 
Sale 1007, Lot 2251, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 97-101)90c Blue, F. Grill (101). Deep rich color and sharp proof like impression, clearly-defined grill, unusually choice centering for this difficult issue, light strike of cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 90-CENT F GRILL. A DIFFICULT ISSUE TO FIND WITH SUCH CHOICE CENTERING.

With 2010 P.F. certificate (XF 90)

2,400
4,750
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2252
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Sale 1007, Lot 2252, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 97-101)90c Blue, F. Grill (101). Block of four, each stamp with clearly-defined grill, unobtrusive cork cancels leave the design clearly visible, centered to top right, small corner crease at top left, bottom left stamp sealed tear at left center

VERY GOOD APPEARANCE. ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED INTACT USED BLOCKS OF THE 1868 90-CENT F GRILL. A GREAT RARITY.

Multiples of higher-denomination stamps such as the 90c F Grill were usually used on heavy parcels or large covers to foreign countries. The parcels or wrappers were rarely kept, and so few multiples have survived. Of the 90c F Grill, we record two other off-center blocks, as well as two rejoined and faulty blocks (one ex Klein and the other ex Ishikawa).

With 1992 P.F. certificate

25,000
3,000
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