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Sale 1061 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday, 19 November, 2013

Category — 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-100)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3489
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Sale Number 1061, Lot Number 3489, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-100)3c Rose, C. Grill (83), 3c Rose, C. Grill (83)3c Rose, C. Grill (83). Original gum, fresh color, Fine and rare, with 1964 P.F. certificate

6,000
1,200
3490
 
Sale Number 1061, Lot Number 3490, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-100)3c Rose, C. Grill (83), 3c Rose, C. Grill (83)3c Rose, C. Grill (83). Clear grill, neat strike of rosette fancy cancel, choice centering with unusually wide margins, Extremely Fine, with 1993 and 2007 P.F. certificates

1,100
750
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3491
 
Sale Number 1061, Lot Number 3491, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-100)2c Black, D. Grill (84), 2c Black, D. Grill (84)2c Black, D. Grill (84). Deep shade and proof-like impression, clear grill, bold strike of quartered cork cancel, almost perfectly centered, faint corner crease at lower left not described on most recent certificate but is visible in fluid

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A GORGEOUS USED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1868 2-CENT D GRILL.

The 2c D Grill is the rarest of the regular-production 1867-68 Grilled Issues (excluding the 1867 trials and rarest Z Grills), followed in order of scarcity by the 3c Z Grill, the 3c D Grill and the 12c Z Grill.

It is our theory that two grilling machines were used simultaneously, and that one of the machines was converted from the D to E Grill in early 1868, after a small number of 2c sheets were run through the D-equipped machine.

A review using Power Search found very few examples with centering close to the example offered here. If this did not have the tiny corner crease, its selling price would be astronomical.

Ex Hansen (Siegel Sale 963, lot 560). 1991 P.S.E. certificate noting corner crease no longer accompanies. With 2011 P.S.E. certificate as sound (Superb 98; SMQ $85,000.00)

4,500
10,500
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3492
 
Sale Number 1061, Lot Number 3492, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-100)3c Rose, D. Grill (85), 3c Rose, D. Grill (85)3c Rose, D. Grill (85). Brilliant color, clear grill, neat target cancel, choice centering with wide and balanced margins

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

Most of the well-centered copies we have encountered of the 3c D Grill come with heavy cancels. This choice stamp is a notable exception.

With 2002 P.S.E. and 2013 P.S.A.G. certificates (XF 90)

1,100
2,800
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3493
 
Sale Number 1061, Lot Number 3493, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-100)3c Rose, D. Grill (85), 3c Rose, D. Grill (85)3c Rose, D. Grill (85). Wide margins and attractive centering, fresh color, bold circle of wedges cancel, Very Fine and choice

1,100
650
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3494
 
Sale Number 1061, Lot Number 3494, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-100)3c Rose, D. Grill (85), 3c Rose, D. Grill (85)3c Rose, D. Grill (85). Brilliant color, clearly-defined grill, bold strike of circle of wedges cancel, fresh and Very Fine, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate as on cover

1,100
275
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3495
 
Sale Number 1061, Lot Number 3495, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-100)3c Rose, D. Grill (85), 3c Rose, D. Grill (85)3c Rose, D. Grill (85). Bright color, bold strike of Elaborate Star in Geometric Circles fancy cancel of New York City (Skinner Eno ST-E 41), red cancels at top and bottom, Fine and stunning appearance, 3c D Grill stamps with fancy cancels are rare, this is one of the more elaborate we have seen and is made even more desirable by the combination with the red cancel, Scott Retail as normal cancel

1,100
1,100
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3496
 
Sale Number 1061, Lot Number 3496, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-100)2c Black, Z. Grill (85B), 2c Black, Z. Grill (85B)2c Black, Z. Grill (85B). Wide margins and well-centered, bold red New York Carrier datestamp, few minor perf flaws, otherwise Very Fine, used 2c Z Grill stamps seldom have margins of this size, especially scarce with the red carrier cancel

1,600
450
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3497
 
Sale Number 1061, Lot Number 3497, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-100)2c Black, Z. Grill (85B), 2c Black, Z. Grill (85B)2c Black, Z. Grill (85B). Bright shade and crisp impression, clear grill, unobtrusive cancel, most recent certificate notes reperfed at left, Extremely Fine appearance, with clear 1998 A.P.S. and 2002 P.F. certificates, with 2013 P.S.E. certificate mentioning reperfed

1,300
500
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3498
 
Sale Number 1061, Lot Number 3498, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-100)1c Blue, E. Grill (86), 1c Blue, E. Grill (86)1c Blue, E. Grill (86). Brilliant color, neat target cancel, well-balanced margins, fresh, Very Fine and choice, with 2010 P.S.E. certificate

475
425
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3499
 
Sale Number 1061, Lot Number 3499, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-100)12c Black, E. Grill (90), 12c Black, E. Grill (90)12c Black, E. Grill (90). Wide margins, beautifully centered, sharp impression, neat Leaf cancel (NYFM 68-7, Skinner-PF Seminar series No. 3), Extremely Fine, with 2012 P.F. certificate

400
275
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3500
 
Sale Number 1061, Lot Number 3500, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-100)2c Black, F. Grill (93), 2c Black, F. Grill (93)2c Black, F. Grill (93). Gorgeous centering with unusually wide and balanced margins, clearly-defined grill, bold strike of grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT F GRILL, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

Ex Connoisseur and Dr. Morris. With 1992 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $5,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only two others share it. This is the first in this grade we have offered in one of our auctions.

60
3,250
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3501
nh
Sale Number 1061, Lot Number 3501, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-100)3c Red, F. Grill (94). Mint N.H, 3c Red, F. Grill (94). Mint N.H3c Red, F. Grill (94). Mint N.H., rich color on bright paper, clearly-defined grill points, wide margins, Very Fine and choice, a scarce Mint N.H. example of the 3c F Grill, we have offered only five others in Mint N.H. condition since keeping computerized records, with 2010 P.S.E. certificate for pair

350
2,400
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3502
 
Sale Number 1061, Lot Number 3502, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-100)3c Red, F. Grill (94), 3c Red, F. Grill (94)3c Red, F. Grill (94). Faults incl. small thin and closed tear, clearly struck "A J", Skull and Crossbones on Tombstone Anti-President Johnson fancy cancel of Waterbury Conn. (S-E PH-S 30), a clearly struck example of this rare political fancy cancel, ex Skinner, with 1984 and 2011 P.F. certificates

E. 200-300
160
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3503
 
Sale Number 1061, Lot Number 3503, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-100)5c Brown, F. Grill (95), 5c Brown, F. Grill (95)5c Brown, F. Grill (95). Bright shade and crisp impression nicely complemented by blue cancels, clearly-defined grill, perfectly centered with balanced margins, small corner creases at top right not mentioned on accompanying certificate

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 5-CENT F GRILL. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE BLUE CANCEL.

This stamp received P.F. certificate no. 307120 describing it as "Genuine, small corner creases at top right" It subsequently received P.F. certificate no. 312426 with the opinion "it is genuine". The photo on the former shows the top right corner perf folded down. Our detailed examination of the stamp shows another very faint pressed-out corner crease in the top right corner.

With 1997 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $8,000.00) as sound. This is the highest grade awarded and only one other shares it, which was offered in our recent Kirke sale.

925
3,750
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3504
 
Sale Number 1061, Lot Number 3504, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-100)5c Brown, F. Grill, Very Thin Paper (95 var), 5c Brown, F. Grill, Very Thin Paper (95 var)5c Brown, F. Grill, Very Thin Paper (95 var). Choice centering, strong color, light target cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2013 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $1,450.00)

950
1,150
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3505
 
Sale Number 1061, Lot Number 3505, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-100)5c Brown, F. Grill (95), 5c Brown, F. Grill (95)5c Brown, F. Grill (95). Rich color, clear grill, bold Leaf cancel, Fine

900
400
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3506
 
Sale Number 1061, Lot Number 3506, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-100)5c Brown, F. Grill, Very Thin Paper (95 var), 5c Brown, F. Grill, Very Thin Paper (95 var)5c Brown, F. Grill, Very Thin Paper (95 var). Well-balanced margins, deep rich color and sharp impression, light cancel, Very Fine and choice, a beautiful centered example of the 5c F Grill on thin paper, several E and F Grill denominations from 1c to 15c are found on this very thin paper, all are scarce, particularly the 5c-15c values, with 2013 P.S.E. certificate

950
800
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3507
 
Sale Number 1061, Lot Number 3507, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-100)10c Blue Green, F. Grill, Very Thin Paper (96 var.), 10c Blue Green, F. Grill, Very Thin Paper (96 var.)10c Blue Green, F. Grill, Very Thin Paper (96 var.). Wide margins and nearly perfectly centered, unobtrusive blue target cancel, Extremely Fine

290
500
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3508
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Sale Number 1061, Lot Number 3508, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-100)12c Black, F. Grill (97), 12c Black, F. Grill (97)12c Black, F. Grill (97). Unused (no gum), intense shade and proof-like impression, wide margins, Extremely Fine, a beautiful unused stamp, with 2005 P.F., 2004 and 2013 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $1,700.00)

1,100
1,100
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3509
 
Sale Number 1061, Lot Number 3509, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-100)12c Black, F. Grill (97), 12c Black, F. Grill (97)12c Black, F. Grill (97). Intense shade, wide margins, clear grill, bold blue circle of V's cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2013 P.F. certificate (VF-XF 85)

285
400
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3510
 
Sale Number 1061, Lot Number 3510, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-100)12c Black, F. Grill (97), 12c Black, F. Grill (97)12c Black, F. Grill (97). Intense shade, wide and balanced margins, cork cancel, clear grill points, small corner crease at top left, Extremely Fine appearance, with 2012 P.F. certificate

275
80
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3511
 
Sale Number 1061, Lot Number 3511, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-100)12c Black, F. Grill, Very Thin Paper (97 var), 12c Black, F. Grill, Very Thin Paper (97 var)12c Black, F. Grill, Very Thin Paper (97 var). Wide margins and choice centering, characteristic burnishing marks in side margins, bold Leaf cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1991 A.P.S. and 1997 P.F. certificates

300
225
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3512°
 
Sale Number 1061, Lot Number 3512, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-100)15c Black, F. Grill (98), 15c Black, F. Grill (98)15c Black, F. Grill (98). Mathematically perfect centering with unusually wide and balanced margins, bright shade and crisp impression, clear grill points, light strike of target cancel leaves entire design clearly visible, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MAGNIFICENT STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE ULTIMATE GRADE OF GEM 100 BY P.S.E. THIS USED 1868 15-CENT F GRILL IS UNDENIABLY THE PERFECT STAMP, POSSESSING EVERY QUALITY ONE COULD POSSIBLY HOPE FOR -- CENTERING, IMPRESSION, STRONG GRILL, FULL PERFORATIONS AND A LIGHT CANCEL.

We created Power Search for occasions like this, when superlatives fail to do justice to an extraordinary stamp. To see the centering, margins and cancellations on typical used examples of the 15c Lincoln -- ungrilled or not -- please use our website's Power Search feature to find Scott 77, 91 and 98 (three different searches). You will see that the 15c Lincoln is almost always a stamp of compromise. Great centering and margins, but heavy cancel. Light or colored cancel, but small margins or not quite centered. Great looking, but small faults. Then look at the "name" collections and see which 15c Lincoln stamps were included. No one -- and there are great collector names on this list -- managed to obtain this stamp or one even remotely like it.

When numerical grading started, the 15c Lincoln was on our list of "Try to Find a 100" stamps. We did not believe one existed. When this 15c F Grill was presented to us, we knew it was perfect without even looking at the grade. The Gem 100 grade and a note of praise from master grader Dr. William A. Litle confirmed our gut reaction.

The ungrilled version of this issue was released in 1866, about one year after President Lincoln was assassinated. It is regarded by many to be America's first commemorative issue, memorializing the martyred president as the nation started to heal from the wounds of the Civil War. In 1868 it was issued with two grill types, the E Grill (Scott 91) and F Grill (Scott 98). 15c usually paid the registration fee on domestic mail or the U.S.-French treaty rate. The 15c stamps used on transatlantic mail passed through foreign-mail exchange offices, where clerks were zealous about cancelling high-value stamps. For this reason, the 15c Lincoln usually has a heavy cancel or large cancel over the portrait. This stamp, with its light target cancel, is the rare exception.

With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $10,500.00 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded to date and the only example to achieve this grade.

325
18,000
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3513
 
Sale Number 1061, Lot Number 3513, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-100)15c Black, F. Grill (98), 15c Black, F. Grill (98)15c Black, F. Grill (98). Balanced margins and almost perfectly centered, small cork cancel and part of blue French transit marking, Extremely Fine

320
425
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3514
 
Sale Number 1061, Lot Number 3514, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-100)15c Black, F. Grill, Very Thin Paper (98 var), 15c Black, F. Grill, Very Thin Paper (98 var)15c Black, F. Grill, Very Thin Paper (98 var). Intense shade and impression, well-proportioned margins, face-free cancel, Extremely Fine example of this scarce paper variety, small purple backstamp, with 2012 P.S.E. certificate

400
300
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3515
 
Sale Number 1061, Lot Number 3515, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-100)24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99), 24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99)24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99). Intense shade and proof-like impression, gorgeous centering with unusually wide margins, long and full perforations all around, clearly-defined grill, neat strike of rosette cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE 1868 24-CENT F GRILL IS RARELY OBTAINABLE IN THIS OUTSTANDING USED CONDITION. THIS STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E., WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED. A SUPERB STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.

The higher-denomination F Grills were produced in limited quantities and are often found either off center or with choppy perforations. The example offered here, with long perforations, superior centering, a clear grill and with a neat cancel, is a true condition rarity.

Ex Dr. Morris. With 1986 and 1994 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $10,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only three others share it.

1,600
11,500
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3516
 
Sale Number 1061, Lot Number 3516, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-100)24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99), 24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99)24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99). Quartered cork cancel, well-centered, rich color, tiny trace of a thin spot, Very Fine appearance

1,600
650
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3517
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Sale Number 1061, Lot Number 3517, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-100)30c Orange, F. Grill (100), 30c Orange, F. Grill (100)30c Orange, F. Grill (100). Unused, regummed, well-centered for this issue, certificate states "perforation holes repunched to clean them out", Very Fine appearance, a scarce unused stamp, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate

3,250
450
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3518
 
Sale Number 1061, Lot Number 3518, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-100)30c Orange, F. Grill (100), 30c Orange, F. Grill (100)30c Orange, F. Grill (100). Bright color, unusual small unframed split grid cancel, well-centered for a stamp from the tightly-spaced 30c plate, Very Fine

950
425
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