VERY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE WITHOUT GRILL. THE LOWER-VALUE 1869's WITHOUT GRILL ARE MUCH RARER THAN THE HIGH VALUES, AND THEY ARE SELDOM ENCOUNTERED IN CHOICE CONDITION.
With 1995 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 6-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
With 2014 P.F. certificate (VF-XF 85)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.
With 2014 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Superb 98; SMQ $20,000.00). The P.S.E. Population Report lists one 98 and two 98J's for the 12c with original gum. Only one 2c, two 3c and one 10c in the 1869 Pictorial Issue with original gum have achieved a 98 grade (none higher).
FINE. A FRESH ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE WITHOUT GRILL.
Our survey of the Philatelic Foundation records shows approximately 25 examples have been certified as genuine, of which about half have faults.
With 2010 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
With 2007 P.S.E. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL WHICH HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF XF 90 BY P.S.E.
The rarity of centered original-gum examples of the 30c 1869 with grill is somewhat obscured by the availability of off-center copies of the 30c with and without grill. If the scope were narrowed to Scott 121 only, and only grades of Very Fine or Extremely Fine were considered, we estimate that fewer than 15 examples would be counted. Among the qualifying stamps, this is without a doubt one of the finest extant.
With 2015 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF 90; SMQ $17,000.00). Only two have been graded higher (at 90J and 95 -- the latter offered in our 2009 sale of the Beverly Hills collection). This is the only original-gum stamp to achieve a 90 grade
A FINE AND VERY RARE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE WITHOUT GRILL.
This stamp has the color and impression of the true Scott 121a variety, not the Double Paper/Without Grill. With 1998 P.S.E. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFULLY-PRESERVED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.
Original sales figures show that among the 1869 Pictorial Re-Issues, the 3c and 90c stamps accounted for the smallest number of units sold (1,406 and 1,356, respectively). Overall, the 1869's were popular with stamp collectors, far outselling the 1851-60 and 1861-66 Re-Issue sets. However, the 90c stamp's high denomination and the availability of ordinary 3c stamps limited demand. Today, both are rare, and handling over the years has not been kind to most of the surviving examples.
Ex Eugene Joyce and Scarsdale. With 1974 and 2000 P.F. certificates.
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.
With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (OGh, XF 90; SMQ $5,250.00). Only five have graded higher.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.
SMQ estimates that approximately 40 are known used. Our experience has been that many are either off-center or have small faults. Small red backstamp. With 1982 and 2009 P.F. certificates (VF-XF 85)
EXTREMELY FINE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1880 RE-ISSUE OF THE 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
With 1984 P.F. certificate for a block of four, this the top left stamp. Scott Retail as hinged