VERY FINE. A PHENOMENALLY RARE IMPRINT BLOCK OF SIX OF THE 1870 ONE-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE. THIS IS THE LARGEST MULTIPLE WE HAVE OFFERED SINCE KEEPING COMPUTERIZED RECORDS.
A Power Search review shows we have offered only two original-gum blocks of four of Scott 134 since keeping computerized records.
Ex Sinkler. With 2002 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as block of four and pair with no premium for the better position.
VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1870 2-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE, WITH ONE STAMP SHOWING THE SPLIT GRILL VARIETY.
This is a surprisingly difficult block to obtain, especially with such choice centering.
With 2004 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as normal block of four
FINE-VERY FINE. THIS IS BY FAR THE FINEST OF THE THREE 1870 6-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE BLOCKS WE RECORD, AND THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE WE HAVE OFFERED SINCE KEEPING COMPUTERIZED RECORDS. A REMARKABLE LINCOLN-THEMED MULTIPLE.
After searching for multiples of the 6c 1870 Grill (Scott 137 and 137A), we were surprised that blocks are so rare. None were offered in Caspary, Eno or other major block collections. A review of all 28 Colonel Green sales also failed to find one. Two others were offered in the Walter C. Klein sale (one ex Close and Ainsworth, the other ex Sinkler), but both have perfs impinging on the design. The Brookman book notes one was offered in the 1933 Hind sale, which is described in the sale catalogue as well-centered, but not illustrated -- we assume that block is the one offered here.
FRESH AND VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 7-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY H GRILL.
With 1989 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. AN INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL AND RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF THE 1870 7-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE.
Two blocks of six are known (one ex Klein, other barely shows grill points), as are a very small number of blocks of four. A Power Search review did not find any in our auctions from 1994 onwards, and the first occurrence is the block offered here, from our 1969 Rarities sale.
EXTREMELY FINE. THE 1870 10-CENT NATIONAL GRILLED ISSUE IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT OF ALL BANK NOTE ISSUES TO OBTAIN IN THIS REMARKABLY CHOICE QUALITY, ESPECIALLY WITH ORIGINAL GUM.
Ex McKinney. With 1999 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 10-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY H GRILL.
With 1999 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 12-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE AND ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH A RED CANCEL.
With 2000 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE AND BEAUTIFULLY CENTERED ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 15-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE.
With 1996 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 15-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE.
With 1994 P.S.E. and 2004 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 24-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE.
The 24c National Bank Note Company Grilled Issue is not known unused.
With 1998 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 30-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY H GRILL. AN EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT ISSUE TO OBTAIN WITH SUCH CHOICE CENTETING AND IN SOUND CONDITION.
The 30c 1870 Grilled Issue is notorious among collectors for its typical poor centering. Among original-gum examples, which are rare in any condition, only a few sound examples would grade Very Fine or better -- our computerized records contain five others with centering that would grade Fine-Very Fine or Very Fine by current standards. A search through 60 years of past auction catalogues and name sales produced only two blocks of four, both poorly centered, which means that there have been no multiples from which choice singles could be harvested. In fact, even among the collections famed for quality Bank Note issues -- Caspary, Lilly, Henry, Ambassador, Braus, Floyd, Whitman et al -- we could not find any original-gum examples that would grade Very Fine or better. Further demonstrating just how rare Scott 143 is in this condition, the P.S.E. Population Report lists only two stamps in the "OG" category, one graded 90 and the other graded 70, both offered in our recent Curtis sale. The finest original-gum example we were able to locate was offered in our Scarsdale sale (Sale 924, lot 9).
With 2000 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF THE RARE 1870 90-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE.
Considering original-gum examples of the H Grill stamps only, after the extremely rare 12c and non-existent 24c, the 90c is the rarest of the 1870 National Grilled Issue. This magnificent stamp has been widely respected as one of the finest in existence since the time of the Caspary sale.
Ex Caspary, Hetherington, Klein and Zoellner (where acquired by Mr. Hall). With 1957 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 90-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE.
With 1996 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 3-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY I GRILL.
We have only offered an intact block of 25 and one other single of the 3c I Grill in Mint N.H. condition. Scott Retail as hinged