VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE WIDE-MARGINED SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1867 3-CENT C GRILL.
The 3c is the only denomination that was regularly issued with the distinctive C Grill, with the grill points facing up instead of down.
With 1977 P.F. and 2011 P.S.A.G. certificates
VERY FINE. A SCARCE SOUND AND WELL-CENTERED USED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1868 2-CENT D GRILL WITH A BLUE CANCEL.
The device equipped with the D Grill was refitted with the E Grill on or about February 9, 1868. Based on the earliest known uses of the 2c D Grill (2/15/68) and 3c E Grill (2/12/68), it is our theory that the conversion from the D to E Grill took place only a day or so after sheets of 2c stamps were first run through the D-equipped machine. The great rarity of 2c D Grills, relative to all other regular-production grills, bears out this theory.
Ex Drews. With 2018 P.F. certificate
FRESH AND VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE SOUND AND LIGHTLY HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 3-CENT Z GRILL.
Excluding the supremely rare grills -- 5c and 30c A Grill, 3c B Grill, 1c, 10c and 15c Z Grills -- the 3c Z Grill is the rarest of the regularly produced grilled issues. Examples of this issue are usually far off-center and often faulty. This stamp, with lightly hinged gum and attractive margins is a very desirable example of the 3c Z Grill.
P.F. certificate no. 309651 stating "genuine, previously hinged" no longer accompanies. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE. THE 1868 ONE-CENT E GRILL IS FAR SCARCER THAN ITS F GRILL COUNTERPART, PARTICULARLY IN CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.
Sometime ago we observed that the 1c E Grill appeared at auction 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.
With 1990 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE LIGHTLY HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT E GRILL. A SCARCE STAMP IN THIS SUPERIOR ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.
Of the grilled stamps that were produced in greater quantities (the low-denomination E and F Grills), the 2c E Grill is a surprisingly difficult stamp to find in choice original-gum condition. It is much scarcer in this condition than the 2c F Grill.
1991 P.F. certificate no longer accompanies. With 2003 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A FRESH AND CHOICE LIGHTLY HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 10-CENT E GRILL.
With 2002 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE LIGHTLY HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 12-CENT E GRILL. A BEAUTIFUL STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.
As collectors who have been searching for a superb original-gum copy of the 12c E Grill can attest, it is rarely seen in choice condition. One reason is that there have been far fewer multiples of the 12c E Grill than other grilled issues, and, therefore, fewer singles from broken blocks. No blocks were offered in sales of great classic collections such as Crocker, Caspary, Eno, Lilly, Moody, West or Ishikawa. The Zoellner block was broken into Fine-Very Fine singles. The singles in most of the important U.S. collections offered during the past 30 years have been unsatisfactory in one way or another.
With 2000 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. THE 1868 15-CENT E GRILL IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN IN SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION WITH DECENT CENTERING.
As an indication of rarity, the Scott Catalogue values Scott 91 at $4,500.00 without gum, and $12,500.00 with original gum. Only one has been graded by P.S.E., at VF 80.
With 2012 P.S.E. certificate
VERY FINE LIGHTLY HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 5-CENT F GRILL ON VERY THIN PAPER. A RARE STAMP IN THIS CHOICE QUALITY.
The National Bank Note Co. undoubtedly made various attempts to improve grilling quality and efficiency through modifications in the process. Based on surviving stamps, it appears that one modification involved the use of very thin paper, which probably allowed two or more sheets to be grilled in one pass through the grilling device. The 1c (F), 2c (E and F), 3c (E and F), 5c (F), 10c (F), 12c (F) and 15c (F) are found on this very thin paper. They are scarce, particularly the 5c-15c values.
With 1977, 1990 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates, the last certificate mentioning the very thin paper
VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 10-CENT F GRILL.
With 1999 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates
VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 15-CENT F GRILL.
P.F. certificate no. 406766, which no longer accompanies, mentions a small closed tear at top but we see no evidence of a tear. With clear 2009 P.S.E. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 24-CENT F GRILL.
With clear 1990 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE FOR THIS IMPOSSIBLE ISSUE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 30-CENT F GRILL.
This stamp is infrequently found with original gum and a Power Search review of examples we have sold reveals that when it is found, more often than not it has faults, poor centering or both. The P.S.E. Population Report also bears this out as only two Scott 100's are graded with original gum -- at 50 and 80.
P.F. certificate no. 436316 as noted above no longer accompanies. With clear 2009 P.S.E. certificate