Sale 1068 — United States Stamps and Possessions
Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 30 April-1 May, 2014
Category — 1870-93 Bank Note Issues
VERY GOOD APPEARANCE. THE 10-CENT I GRILL IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL UNITED STATES STAMPS. TO DATE, ONLY 16 EXAMPLES HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED.
Starting with the 2013 Scott U.S. Specialized Catalogue, the I Grills have been elevated to major catalogue number status. Collectors will now have to acquire these I Grills in their quest for completeness. We anticipate that collector demand will be difficult to satisfy based on populations we have seen.
Ronald Burns, the foremost authority on the Bank Note grills, records two unused examples of the 10c I Grill, 12 used, plus an additional two used on the same cover.
With 2003 P.F. certificate.
FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS DOUBLE IMPRESSION RARITY, AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE ON COVER. A GREAT RARITY.
Most double impressions occur when the first impression is made and found to be inadequate. The paper is then put in the press a second time, when it receives the heavier impression. It is a common misconception that the weaker impression is the second one.
Our census of Scott 207c, available at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/207c/207c.pdf , includes only the three examples. No others are contained in the records of the Philatelic Foundation, and we did not find any in our search of past auction catalogues.
Ex Wagshal and Natalee Grace. With 1989 P.F. certificate. Listed but unpriced in Scott as used, and unlisted in Scott as on cover. The example with part plate number realized $25,000 hammer in one of our 2004 auctions, and the other off-cover example realized $9,500 hammer in our October 2006 sale.
EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1879 10-CENT AMERICAN BANK NOTE PRINTING WITH SECRET MARK IN EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION.
The 10c stamps from the American Bank Note printing (Scott Nos. 187 and 188) are notably scarce with such choice centering. The example offered here, with wide margins on all four sides, is a true condition rarity.
With 2001 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1890 ISSUE.
With 1993 P.F. certificate