FINE CENTERING. AN AFFORDABLE AND PRESENTABLE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1868 3-CENT Z GRILL WITH LARGE PART ORIGINAL GUM.
With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (POG, FR-G 20)
EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 3-CENT Z GRILL WITH UNUSUALLY WIDE MARGINS.
Ex "Vineyard" and Dauer. With 1992 P.S.E., 2000 and 2008 P.F. certificates (VF-XF 85).
EXTREMELY FINE. THE 1868 ONE-CENT E GRILL IS FAR SCARCER THAN ITS F GRILL COUNTERPART, PARTICULARLY IN ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.
Some time ago we observed that the 1c E Grill appeared at auction very infrequently, in any form. After analyzing the early 1868 regular-production grills (Z, D, E and F), we concluded that grilling of the 1c 1861 issue with the E (and Z) Grill must have been short-lived, occurring sometime around February 28, 1868. Later grilling of 1c stamps was probably done with the F Grill. Relatively little of the 1c E Grill supply appears to have reached the philatelic market, as evidenced by the stamp's scarcity.
From our 2006 Rarities sale. With 1989, 1999 P.F. and 2014 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $6,000.00). Only two original-gum examples have been graded higher (both at 90) and this is the only 85 grade in P.S.E.'s Population Report
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. WITHOUT HESITATION WE REGARD THIS ONE-CENT E GRILL AS ONE OF THE FINEST USED EXAMPLES EXTANT. ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT STAMPS OF THE SERIES TO OBTAIN WITH SUCH CHOICE CENTERING AND IN SUCH PRISTINE CONDITION. A MARVELOUS COMBINATION OF THE FOUR C's -- COLOR, CLARITY, CENTERING AND CANCELLATION.
Ex Dr. Puliafito and "Natalee Grace". With 1987, 2000 and 2012 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 3-CENT E GRILL.
We have offered only three other singles in Mint N.H. condition since keeping computerized records (the last was in 2005). With 2010 P.F. certificate (VF-XF 85). Scott Retail as hinged
VERY FINE. THE 1868 15-CENT E GRILL IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF THE GRILLED ISSUES WITH ORIGINAL GUM.
As an indication of the rarity of 15c E Grill stamps with original gum, the Scott Catalogue values Scott 91 at $4,500.00 without gum, and $12,500.00 with original gum.
Ex Geisler. With 1972 and 2007 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. ONE OF THE MOST EYE-ARRESTING EXAMPLES OF THE 1868 15-CENT E GRILL. UNQUESTIONABLY ONE OF FINEST EXAMPLES WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED.
Ex Dr. Morris and Dr. Hinrichs. With 2000 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A REMARKABLY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 ONE-CENT F GRILL.
A Power Search review found one other Mint N.H. example, offered in one of our 2005 auctions, which had a straight edge at right and perfs in at left. Blocks of this issue are also very scarce, and none we have offered contained any Mint N.H. stamps. The online search at the Philatelic Foundation found only this and the straight edge copy, plus one other originally in a pair with the example offered here. This is the finest we have been able to locate.
Ex Hall. With 1997 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as hinged
VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1868 2-CENT F GRILL, WITH WONDERFUL CENTERING AND OVERALL FRESHNESS, INCLUDING TWO MINT NEVER-HINGED STAMPS.
We have offered only two singles and two other blocks of four with Mint N.H. stamps since 1995. One of the blocks has perfs touching at left and the other is scissors-separated at left. The last single we offered was in 2007.
With 2012 P.F. certificate for block of nine. Scott Retail as block with no premium for the two Mint N.H. stamps.
FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF 20 OF THE 1868 3-CENT F GRILL.
Multiples larger than a block of four are rare. A pane of 100 is known, but this is the largest multiple contained in Power Search.
Ex Frelinghuysen. With 2012 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as four blocks of four and two pairs with no premium for the eight Mint N.H. stamps
EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 5-CENT BROWN F GRILL WITH ORIGINAL GUM. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE STAMP IN THIS CHOICE CONDITION.
The 5c 1861-68 Issues are extremely difficult to find in sound, well-centered, original-gum condition. The narrow spacing between stamps on the plate and large 12-gauge perforations resulted in stamps that are frequently off center. This applies to Scott 67, 75, 76 and 95 alike. None of these is easy to locate in centered original-gum condition (to understate the matter), but the limited production of 5c F Grills leaves collectors with an even smaller supply. The stamp offered here is a wonderful condition rarity.
With 2015 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 5-CENT F GRILL IN THE BLACK BROWN COLOR. ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THIS RARE SHADE WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED AND CONFIRMED BY P.S.E. IN GRADING THIS STAMP XF-SUPERB 95, THE HIGHEST RECORDED.
The 5c F Grill is known in Brown, Dark Brown and Black Brown. The first two are in the same color family (listed as Scott 95). The Black Brown is distinctly darker and is given its own sub-letter designation, Scott 95a. The Dark Brown is sometimes mistaken by collectors for the Black Brown shade, but a side-by-side comparison illustrates the significant difference between the two. On the Black Brown the engraved lines are especially clear, it has a proof-like appearance, and is significantly scarcer than the other shades.
Ex Blocker. With 1993 P.F. and 2016 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $6,000.00 as a 90, unpriced in any higher grade). This is the highest grade awarded and the only example to receive this spectacular grade, with the next highest at XF 90 (ex Hansen and "Natalee Grace").