Sale 1078 — United States Stamps
Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 16-17 September, 2014
Category — 1867-68 Grilled Issue and 1875 Re-Issue (Scott 79-111)
VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE PAIR OF THE 1867 3-CENT A GRILL.
The 3c stamps issued in August 1867 with experimental Type A grills were the first of the 1867-68 grills. They were soon replaced by other grill types, because the grilling all over weakened the sheets and resulted in poor separations with perforations or pieces torn out. Multiples are scarce, especially in such choice condition. This pair has perf teeth almost all around with only one short perf at bottom of right stamp and two small nicks at top of left stamp.
With 2012 PSAG certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1867 3-CENT C GRILL.
With 1972 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 3-CENT Z GRILL.
The 3c Z Grill was in production for only a short period of time before the device was replaced with the F Grill. Only a small number of 3c sheets were fed thru the Z Grill, which accounts for the rarity of surviving examples, especially in unused condition.
With 2014 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 5-CENT F GRILL ON VERY THIN PAPER.
The National Bank Note Co. undoubtedly made various attempts to improve grilling quality and efficiency through modifications in the process. Based on surviving stamps, it appears that one modification involved the use of very thin paper, which probably allowed two or more sheets to be grilled in one pass through the grilling device. The 1c (F), 2c (E and F), 3c (E and F), 5c (F), 10c (F), 12c (F) and 15c (F) are found on this very thin paper. They are scarce, particularly the 5c-15c values.
With 1975 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 90-CENT F GRILL.
This is the first example with original gum we have offered since our 2012 Frelinghuysen sale. With 1960 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1861 RE-ISSUE GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.
The 5c Re-Issue was printed from a new plate of 100 subjects, compared to the original plate of 200 in two panes. The Re-Issue plate can be identified by a notch at bottom. 10,000 stamps were printed (100 impressions). Only 672 of the 5c were sold; the remaining 9,328 were destroyed on July 16, 1884.
With 2014 P.S.E. certificate (OGh, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $11,500.00)
VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1861 RE-ISSUE.
Only 451 sold. With 1977 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1861 RE-ISSUE.
Only 389 sold. With 2014 P.S.E. certificate (OGh, VF-XF 85; SMQ $6,250.00). The grade given to this stamp seems oddly low.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1861 RE-ISSUE.
The 24c Re-Issue was printed from the original plate of 200 subjects. A total of 10,000 was printed (50 impressions). Only 346 were sold; the remaining 9,654 were destroyed on July 16, 1884.
The quantity sold for the 24c 1861 Re-Issue (346) is close in number to several lower values, including the 12c and 15c (389 and 397, respectively). However, the 24c is scarcer and appears less frequently at auction. It is also one of the three most difficult values to obtain in choice original-gum condition (the others are the 3c and 30c).
With 1970 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFULLY CENTERED AND FRESH EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1861 RE-ISSUE.
Small backstamp. Only 346 sold.
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1861 RE-ISSUE.
The 30c Re-Issue was printed from the original plate of 200 subjects. 10,000 stamps were printed (50 impressions). Only 346 of the 30c were sold; the remaining 9,654 were destroyed on July 16, 1884.
With 1971 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1861 RE-ISSUE.
Only 317 sold. With 1972 P.F. certificate