VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1867 3-CENT C GRILL.
The 3c is the only denomination that comes with the distinctive C Grill, with the grill points facing up instead of down.
With 1989, 1994, 2004 and 2008 P.F. certificates (VF 80)
FRESH AND FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT D GRILL. THIS ISSUE IS NOTORIOUSLY DIFFICULT TO FIND IN SUCH FRESH CONDITION.
A thorough search of past auction catalogues reveals that the 2c D Grill in original-gum condition is conspicuously absent from most important collections. The finest examples are contained in the intact block of four, ex Caspary, Lilly and Klein. Most original-gum examples tend to be either faulty or strongly off-center in two directions, with perforations well into the design. The stamp offered here is the exception, and should be considered a condition rarity.
Ex Hetherington in a block of four. With 1954 and 2006 P.F. certificates, the former as a block.
VERY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT D GRILL.
With 1958 P.F. and 2012 P.S.E. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE. A TRULY OUTSTANDING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 3-CENT D GRILL.
With 1994 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 3-CENT D GRILL.
With 2008 P.S.E. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. THE 1868 ONE-CENT E GRILL IS FAR SCARCER THAN ITS F-GRILL COUNTERPART, PARTICULARLY IN ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.
Some time ago we observed that the 1c E Grill appeared at auction very infrequently, in any form. After analyzing the early 1868 regular-production grills (Z, D, E and F), we concluded that grilling of the 1c 1861 issue with the E (and Z) Grill must have been short-lived, occurring sometime around February 28, 1868. Later grilling of 1c stamps was probably done with the F Grill. Relatively little of the 1c E Grill supply appears to have reached the philatelic market, as evidenced by the stamp's scarcity.
With 1999 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, F-VF 75; SMQ $3,000.00)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 ONE-CENT E GRILL, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.
With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,500.00. Only four have graded higher and only three others share this grade.
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFULLY CENTERED ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 10-CENT E GRILL.
With 2001 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A SCARCE SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 15-CENT E GRILL.
As an indication of rarity of 15c E Grill stamps with original gum, the Scott Catalogue values original-gum condition at almost three times the value of unused without gum.
With 2005 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1867 ONE-CENT F GRILL.
With 1989 and 2006 P.F. certificates.
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1867 5-CENT F GRILL.
With 1989 and 2006 P.F. certificates (XF 90)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENAL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 12-CENT F GRILL, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.
With 2009 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $9,000.00). Only two have graded higher (at 98J) and one other shares this grade.
FRESH AND FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 24-CENT F GRILL.
With 2001 P.F. certificate.