Sale 1247 — United States Stamps
Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 14-15 December, 2021
Category — 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-85E)
VERY FINE AND CHOICE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1867 3-CENT A GRILL.
The August 1867 3c experimental A Grill was the first grilled issue. It was soon learned that the all-over grill weakened the paper and interfered with perforating and separating, resulting in rough perforations and pieces torn out of the margins when split apart. Within two months of A Grill production the apparatus was modified by dividing the embossed area into smaller rectangular units within each stamp (C Grill).
With 1997 P.S.E. and 2009 P.F. certificates. Scott Catalogue notes "Values for No. 79 are for Fine-Very Fine examples with minor perf faults. Examples with complete or virtually complete perforations sell for much more."
VERY FINE SOUND USED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1868 2-CENT D GRILL.
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.
With 2013 P.S.E. (ungraded) and 2018 P.F. certificates (F-VF 75)
FRESH AND FINE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT D GRILL.
With 1993 P.S.E. certificate noting the double transfer, which is listed but unpriced in Scott. Scott value as normal.
FINE. A SCARCE SOUND USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT D GRILL.
With 1988 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT Z GRILL. THIS IS A DIFFICULT ISSUE TO OBTAIN IN SUCH OUTSTANDING CONDITION.
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-margin 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 "Natalee Grace". With 1985, 2004 P.F. and 2003 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $12,000.00). Only two grade higher (at 98).
VERY FINE AND CHOICE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 3-CENT Z GRILL.
With 2013 P.S.E. certificate (VF 80; SMQ $3,750.00)
VERY FINE. A PRETTY USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 3-CENT Z GRILL.
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (VF 80; SMQ $3,750.00)
EXTREMELY FINE. THE 1868 12-CENT Z GRILL IS SELDOM SEEN IN SUCH CHOICE USED CONDITION.
With 2006 and 2010 P.F. certificates (VF-XF 85)
VERY FINE AND CHOICE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 12-CENT Z GRILL.
With 2016 P.F. certificate (VF 80)