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Sale 1199 — Gem-Quality United States Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 1-2 May, 2019

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Category — 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1144
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1144, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)3c Rose, C. Grill (83), 3c Rose, C. Grill (83)3c Rose, C. Grill (83). Clearly-defined grill, bold strike of Heart-shaped grid fancy cancel (S-E PH-H54) of Elizabeth N.J., few toned spots not mentioned on accompanying certificate, Extremely Fine strike and especially desirable on the 3c C Grill, with 1992 A.P.S. certificate, Scott Retail with no premium for the cancel

1,100
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1145
c
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1145, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)2c Black, D. Grill (84), 2c Black, D. Grill (84)2c Black, D. Grill (84). Clear grill, used with 1c Blue (63), slightly overlapping and tied by neat strikes of unusual target cancel, light strike of "Abbottstown Pa. Sep. 23" circular datestamp on purplish gray cover to Shrewsbury Pa.

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL COVER WITH AN UNUSUAL USE OF THE ONE-CENT 1861 ISSUE AND RARE 1868 2-CENT D GRILL TO PAY THE 3-CENT RATE.

With 2003 P.S.E. certificate

5,250
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1146
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1146, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)3c Rose, D. Grill (85), 3c Rose, D. Grill (85)3c Rose, D. Grill (85). Three extra wide margins, closer at right but well clear of design, rich color, face-free circular datestamp cancel, Very Fine and choice, a pretty stamp, ex Kirke, with 1994 and 2005 P.F. certificates

1,000
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1147
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1147, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)2c Black, Z. Grill (85B), 2c Black, Z. Grill (85B)2c Black, Z. Grill (85B). Clearly-defined grill, detailed impression and attractive shade, beautiful centering with balanced margins, bold strike of circle of V's cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNFICENT USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT Z GRILL, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

The plates used to print the Black Jacks did not provide enough space between subjects for the large 12-gauge perf holes. Consequently, most Black Jack stamps have perfs touching the design on one or two sides. This scarcity of four-margined copies multiplies exponentially when the Z Grill is factored into the equation. Only a small quantity of 2c sheets were grilled during the period when the Z device was active -- after the D Grill (Scott 84), the Z is the rarest of Black Jack grilled stamps.

Ex Merlin. With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $12,000.00). Only two have graded higher (at 98).

1,100
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1148
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1148, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)2c Black, Z. Grill (85B), 2c Black, Z. Grill (85B)2c Black, Z. Grill (85B). Choice centering with balanced margins, clear grill, blue quartered cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT Z GRILL WITH A BLUE CANCEL

The 2c Z Grill is normally found with black cork cancels. This example, with choice centering and a colored cancel is very desirable.

With 1995 and 2003 P.F. certificates

1,250
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1149
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1149, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)3c Rose, Z. Grill (85C), 3c Rose, Z. Grill (85C)3c Rose, Z. Grill (85C). Choice centering and wide margins, rich color, strong grill impression, lightly cancelled by target

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL LIGHTLY-CANCELLED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1868 3-CENT Z GRILL.

The 3c Z Grill was in production for only a short period of time before the device was replaced with the F Grill. Only a small number of 3c sheets were fed thru the Z Grill, which accounts for the rarity of surviving examples. Our review of past auctions, including Power Search, found precious few sound copies with anything above Very Fine centering.

Ex Kantor and Zoellner. With 1965, 1988, 2004 and 2006 P.F. certificates (VF-XF 85)

3,250
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1150
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1150, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)12c Black, Z. Grill (85E), 12c Black, Z. Grill (85E)12c Black, Z. Grill (85E). Enormous margins, intense shade and impression, bold circle of wedges cancel

EXTREMELY FINE JUMBO USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 12-CENT Z GRILL. SCARCE WITH SUCH ENORMOUS MARGINS.

Ex Sheriff and Drucker. With 1983 and 2002 P.F. certificates

2,400
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1151
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1151, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)1c Blue, E. Grill (86), 1c Blue, E. Grill (86)1c Blue, E. Grill (86). Perfectly centered with wide and well-balanced margins, brilliant color on bright paper, light cancel leaves design clearly visible, strong grill impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE 1868 ONE-CENT E GRILL IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT STAMPS OF THE SERIES TO OBTAIN WITH SUCH CHOICE CENTERING AND IN SUCH PRISTINE CONDITION. THIS IS GRADED SUPERB 98 -- IT IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED, AND THIS STAMP IS ONE OF ONLY THREE TO ACHIEVE IT.

Ex "Tahoe", Merlin and Curtis. With 2003 P.F. and 2008 and 2014 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $13,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only two others shares it.

425
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1152
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1152, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)1c Blue, E. Grill (86), 1c Blue, E. Grill (86)1c Blue, E. Grill (86). Bright color, clear grill, light strike of target cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 2002 P.F. certificate

425
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1153
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1153, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)2c Black, E. Grill (87), 2c Black, E. Grill (87)2c Black, E. Grill (87). Remarkably well-centered with Jumbo margins all around, strong grill impression on fresh paper, cork cancel and also circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT E GRILL. AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND WITH SUCH HUGE MARGINS AND IN SUCH PRISTINE CONDITION. AN EXTRAORDINARY STAMP WHICH MAY WELL BE THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE -- GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E., THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE IT.

Ex "Tahoe" and Merlin. With 2003 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $5,750.00). This is the highest grade awarded, and this is the only example to achieve it. The next highest grade is two at 95J.

180
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1154
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1154, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)3c Lake Red, E. Grill (88a), 3c Lake Red, E. Grill (88a)3c Lake Red, E. Grill (88a). Intense color on bright paper, choice centering with wide margins, neat cancel, Extremely Fine, a surprisingly difficult stamp to find, with 1998 P.F. certificate as normal No. 88

75
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1155
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1155, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)10c Green, E. Grill (89), 10c Green, E. Grill (89)10c Green, E. Grill (89). Perfectly centered with Jumbo margins, radiant color and detailed impression on crisp paper, unobtrusive strike of cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MAGNIFICENT USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 10-CENT E GRILL IS GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- IT IS CLEARLY ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND IT IS SHARED BY ONLY ONE OTHER.

Ex Merlin. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $9,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only one other.

325
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1156
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1156, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)12c Black, E. Grill (90), 12c Black, E. Grill (90)12c Black, E. Grill (90). Jumbo margins and near perfect centering, beautiful crisp shade and impression shows the intricate detail of the engraving, light red cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 12-CENT E GRILL, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADED SCOTT 90 WITH A COLORED CANCEL. ONLY ONE STAMP HAS GRADED HIGHER.

With 1996, 2002 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $5,750.00). This is the only Scott 90 graded XF-Superb 95 Jumbo by P.S.E. Only one has graded higher -- the Superb 98 stamp offered in our 2016 sale of the "Hanover" collection. That stamp has a black cancel. Power Search does not list another stamp cancelled in red in our auctions in any P.S.E. grade (we have sold one stamp graded VF-XF 85 by the P.F. with a red cancel).

450
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1157
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1157, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)12c Black, E. Grill (90), 12c Black, E. Grill (90)12c Black, E. Grill (90). Choice centering with wide and balanced margins, well-defined grill, intense shade and impression on bright paper, unobtrusive strike of cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 12-CENT E GRILL. DIFFICULT TO FIND IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION.

Ex Merlin. With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,500.00). Only two have graded higher (at 95J and 98)

375
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1158
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1158, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)2c Black, F. Grill (93), 2c Black, F. Grill (93)2c Black, F. Grill (93). Perfectly centered with well-balanced margins, crisp impression, neat strike of quartered cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT F GRILL, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND IT IS SHARED BY ONLY TWO OTHERS.

With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $6,750.00)

55
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1159°
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1159, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)2c Black, F. Grill (93), 2c Black, F. Grill (93)2c Black, F. Grill (93). Choice centering with wide and balanced margins, detailed impression, neat rosette cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT F GRILL.

Ex Bowman. With 1996, 2015 P.F. (XF-Superb 95) and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,900.00). Only five grade higher (highest is 98)

55
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1160
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1160, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)5c Black Brown, F. Grill (95a), 5c Black Brown, F. Grill (95a)5c Black Brown, F. Grill (95a). Deep rich color in the distinctive Black Brown shade, remarkably detailed impression showing the subtle details of the lathework engraving, choice centering and balanced margins, neat strike of circle of wedges cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. ONE OF THE FINEST 1868 5-CENT F GRILL STAMPS EXTANT AND CERTAINLY THE BEST QUALITY EXAMPLE OF THE BLACK BROWN SHADE WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED.

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.

With 1993 P.F. and 2016 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $10,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and the only Black Brown stamp to receive this grade, with the next highest at XF 90 (ex Hansen and "Natalee Grace").

2,300
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1161
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1161, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)5c Brown, F. Grill (95), 5c Brown, F. Grill (95)5c Brown, F. Grill (95). Rich color, bold strike of blue quartered cork cancel, Very Fine, with 2002 P.F. certificate

875
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1162
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1162, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96), 10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96)10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96). Deep rich color, choice centering with wide margins, bold cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 10-CENT F GRILL, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- ONLY ONE HAS GRADED HIGHER AND TWO OTHERS SHARE THIS DESIRABLE GRADE.

With 1986 and 2003 P.F. and 2014 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,600.00). Only one has graded higher (at 95J, we have never offered it) and only two others share this grade.

225
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1163
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1163, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96), 10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96)10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96). Almost perfectly centered within wide and balanced margins, rich color, neat strike of circle of wedges cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1996 and 2003 P.F. certificates

225
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1164
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1164, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)12c Black, F. Grill (97), 12c Black, F. Grill (97)12c Black, F. Grill (97). Choice margins and centering, neat circle of wedges cancel with trace of red cancel at left, Extremely Fine, with 2000 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $700.00)

250
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1165
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1165, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)12c Black, F. Grill (97), 12c Black, F. Grill (97)12c Black, F. Grill (97). Wide margins and choice centering, intense shade, light strike of blue circular datestamp cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1999 P.F. certificate

260
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1166
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1166, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)15c Black, F. Grill (98), 15c Black, F. Grill (98)15c Black, F. Grill (98). Mathematically perfect centering with unusually wide and balanced margins, bright shade and crisp impression, clear grill points, light strike of target cancel leaves entire design clearly visible, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MAGNIFICENT STAMP IS THE SOLE 1868 15-CENT F GRILL TO ACHIEVE THE ULTIMATE GRADE OF GEM 100 FROM P.S.E. UNDENIABLY THE PERFECT STAMP, POSSESSING EVERY QUALITY ONE COULD POSSIBLY HOPE FOR -- CENTERING, IMPRESSION, STRONG GRILL, FULL PERFORATIONS AND A LIGHT CANCEL.

We created Power Search for occasions like this, when superlatives fail to do justice to an extraordinary stamp. To see the centering, margins and cancellations on typical used examples of the 15c Lincoln -- ungrilled or not -- please use our website's Power Search feature to find Scott 77, 91 and 98. You will see that the 15c Lincoln is almost always a stamp of compromise. Great centering and margins, but heavy cancel. Light or colored cancel, but small margins or not quite centered. Great looking, but small faults. Then, look at past "name" sales and see which 15c Lincoln stamps were included. No one -- and there are great collector names on this list -- managed to obtain this stamp or one even remotely like it.

When numerical grading started, the 15c Lincoln was on our list of "Try to Find a 100" stamps. We did not believe one existed. When this 15c F Grill was presented to us, we knew it was perfect without even looking at the grade. The Gem 100 grade confirmed our gut reaction.

The ungrilled version of this issue was released in April 1866, one year after President Lincoln was assassinated. It is regarded by many to be America's first commemorative issue, memorializing the martyred president as the nation started to heal from the wounds of the Civil War. In 1868 it was issued with two grill types: the E Grill (Scott 91) and F Grill (Scott 98). 15c usually paid the registration fee on domestic mail or the U.S.-French treaty rate. The 15c stamps used on transatlantic mail passed through foreign-mail exchange offices, where clerks were zealous about cancelling high-value stamps. For this reason, the 15c Lincoln usually has a heavy cancel or large cancel over the portrait. This stamp, with its light target cancel, is the rare exception.

Ex "Hanover". With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $21,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and the only example to achieve this grade. Working our way down the grading chart, only one other has graded higher than a 95.

275
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1167
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1167, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)15c Black, F. Grill (98), 15c Black, F. Grill (98)15c Black, F. Grill (98). Extra wide margins, intense shade complemented by bold strike of red Four Diamonds cancel, Very Fine and choice, a pretty stamp, with 1992 and 2002 P.F. certificates

375
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1168
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1168, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99), 24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99)24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99). Choice wide and balanced margins for this tightly spaced issue, strong color, light cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 24-CENT F GRILL.

With 1988, 2002 and 2006 P.F. certificates (XF 90). With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $3,500.00). Only five grade higher (all at 95)

1,500
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Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1169, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99), 24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99)24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99). Beautifully balanced margins for this tightly spaced issue, strong color, neat quartered cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 24-CENT F GRILL.

With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $3,500.00). Only five grade higher (highest is 95)

1,500
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1170
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1170, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)1861-68 Issues, Choice Used Balance (63/93), 1861-68 Issues, Choice Used Balance (63/93)1861-68 Issues, Choice Used Balance (63/93). 16 used stamps, 1861 Issue includes Nos. 63, 65 (four, three with star cancels), 68 (two), 69, 73 and 76, grills include Nos. 87, 88, 89, 92 and 93, essentially all are sound with attractive centering, nice range of cancels including stars, red, blue target and red circle of V's, fresh and Very Fine group, 17 P.F. or P.S.E. certificates accompany (No. 69 graded XF 90)

1,470
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