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Sale 1096 — The Robert R. Hall Collection of Outstanding United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 28-30 April, 2015

Category — 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. H & I Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
259
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 259, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. H & I Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)1c Ultramarine, H. Grill (134), 1c Ultramarine, H. Grill (134)1c Ultramarine, H. Grill (134). Bottom sheet margin block of six with virtually entire National Bank Note Co. imprint, original gum, lightly hinged, clearly-defined grills, radiant color and exceptionally fresh

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.

16,250
10,000
260
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 260, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. H & I Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)2c Red Brown, H. Grill (135), 2c Red Brown, H. Grill (135)2c Red Brown, H. Grill (135). Original gum, clear grill, bright color, Very Fine, an attractive stamp, with 1976 P.F. certificate

1,000
1,150
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261
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 261, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. H & I Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)2c Red Brown, H. Grill (135), 2c Red Brown, H. Grill (135)2c Red Brown, H. Grill (135). Block of four, original gum, lightly hinged, bright color, top right stamp vertically split grill, others normal grills but shifted to upper right corners

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

5,500
2,100
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262
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 262, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. H & I Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)3c Green, H. Grill Imperforate (136b), 3c Green, H. Grill Imperforate (136b)3c Green, H. Grill Imperforate (136b). Horizontal pair, unused (no gum), large margins to full, clear grills, Very Fine

1,200
300
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263
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 263, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. H & I Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)6c Carmine, H. Grill (137), 6c Carmine, H. Grill (137)6c Carmine, H. Grill (137). Unused (regummed), rich color, natural inclusion at left center, very faint grill, tiny perf tear at bottom center, otherwise Very Fine, with 1997 P.F. certificate mentioning everything but the perf tear, Scott Retail as no gum

1,750
1,100
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264
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 264, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. H & I Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)6c Carmine, H. Grill (137), 6c Carmine, H. Grill (137)6c Carmine, H. Grill (137). Block of four, original gum, few small hinge slivers where minor perf separations sensibly reinforced, clear grills on all four stamps

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.

27,500
14,000
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265
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 265, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. H & I Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)7c Vermilion, H. Grill (138), 7c Vermilion, H. Grill (138)7c Vermilion, H. Grill (138). Original gum, lightly hinged, prominent grill, vivid color

FRESH AND VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 7-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY H GRILL.

With 1989 P.F. certificate

4,250
3,500
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266
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 266, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. H & I Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)7c Vermilion, H. Grill (138), 7c Vermilion, H. Grill (138)7c Vermilion, H. Grill (138). Block of four, original gum, radiant color, clearly-defined grills, tiny thin speck in top right stamp from hinge removal

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.

24,000
15,500
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267
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 267, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. H & I Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)10c Brown, H. Grill (139), 10c Brown, H. Grill (139)10c Brown, H. Grill (139). Original gum, deep rich color, well-centered, showing several grill points in the area of Jefferson's hair

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

7,000
5,250
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268
 
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 268, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. H & I Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)10c Brown, H. Grill (139), 10c Brown, H. Grill (139)10c Brown, H. Grill (139). Rich color, easily discernible grill points, neat small grid cancel, well-balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 10-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY H GRILL.

With 1999 P.F. certificate

850
2,400
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269
 
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 269, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. H & I Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)12c Dull Violet, H. Grill (140), 12c Dull Violet, H. Grill (140)12c Dull Violet, H. Grill (140). Perfectly centered, lovely pastel shade nicely complemented by red cancel, several discernible grill points at right

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

4,000
4,500
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270
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 270, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. H & I Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)15c Orange, H. Grill (141), 15c Orange, H. Grill (141)15c Orange, H. Grill (141). Original gum, vibrant color, choice centering for this difficult issue, several clear rows of grill points show thru on front behind Webster's ear, short perf at bottom has been skillfully extended (4th perf from left), not noted on accompanying 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

7,500
3,250
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271
 
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 271, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. H & I Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)15c Orange, H. Grill (141), 15c Orange, H. Grill (141)15c Orange, H. Grill (141). Brilliant color, unusually clear grill, bold cork cancel

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

1,400
4,000
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272
 
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 272, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. H & I Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)24c Purple, H. Grill (142), 24c Purple, H. Grill (142)24c Purple, H. Grill (142). Almost perfectly centered, bright yet distinctive 24c 1870 Grill shade, clear grill, neat strike of circle of wedges cancel

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

7,000
6,250
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273
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 273, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. H & I Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)30c Black, H. Grill (143), 30c Black, H. Grill (143)30c Black, H. Grill (143). Redistributed original gum, h.r., intense shade and proof-like impression, choice centering for this difficult issue

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

20,000
7,500
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274
 
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 274, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. H & I Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)30c Black, H. Grill (143), 30c Black, H. Grill (143)30c Black, H. Grill (143). Intense shade and impression, bold cork cancel, several rows of clear grill points, reperfed at right, deceptively so and not noted on accompanying certificate, Very Fine appearance, with 2004 P.F. certificate

4,000
2,100
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275
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 275, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. H & I Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)90c Carmine, H. Grill (144), 90c Carmine, H. Grill (144)90c Carmine, H. Grill (144). Original gum, small area of missing gum from hinge removal, beautiful rich color and proof-like impression, very well-centered with wide margins all around, remarkably fresh

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

25,000
18,500
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276
 
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 276, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. H & I Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)90c Carmine, H. Grill (144), 90c Carmine, H. Grill (144)90c Carmine, H. Grill (144). Brilliant color, several noticeable grill points on Perry's forehead, light strike of cork cancel and part of red crayon at upper left

EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 90-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE.

With 1996 P.F. certificate

2,500
4,750
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277
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 277, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. H & I Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)1c Ultramarine, I. Grill (134A), 1c Ultramarine, I. Grill (134A)1c Ultramarine, I. Grill (134A). Original gum, several clear rows of grill points, brilliant color, fresh and Very Fine, with 1974 P.F. certificate

2,750
1,400
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278
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 278, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. H & I Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)3c Green, I. Grill (136A). Mint N.H, 3c Green, I. Grill (136A). Mint N.H3c Green, I. Grill (136A). Mint N.H., with bottom sheet selvage, choice centering, clearly-defined grill

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

1,500
2,700
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