Sale 1245 — United States Stamps, featuring the Sacramento Collection
Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 16-18 November, 2021
Category — 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 2-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE.
With 2002 and 2012 P.F. certificates (XF 90 XQ). By way of comparison, P.S.E. has graded only one at this grade with one higher (at 95)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 6-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY H GRILL.
Ex Bowman. With 1984, 2000 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,250.00). Only one grades higher (at 98) and eight others share this grade.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS REMARKABLE STAMP IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE 1870 24-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE IN EXISTENCE. ONE OF THE KEYS TO A SUPERB SET OF THIS ISSUE.
Scott 142 is not known in unused condition. Therefore, anyone wishing to complete this set must obtain this stamp in used condition. The example offered here, with rich color, clear grill, superb centering and bold cancel, is a truly stunning example of this rarity in the finest condition attainable.
With 1999, 2013 P.F. and 2013 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $14,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and one of three to achieve it; nonetheless, we feel this stamp deserves a grade of XF-Superb 95. The last time we offered an example in XF 90 grade was in our 2012 Merlin sale.
VERY FINE APPEARING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1870 NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE.
With 2013 and 2017 P.S.E. certificates (VF 80; SMQ $4,000.00)
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A HANDSOME USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 30-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY H GRILL.
This is a difficult issue to obtain in sound condition with decent centering.
With 2000 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM APPEARANCE. A RARE CENTERED ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 6-CENT I GRILL.
The Scott U.S. Specialized Catalogue elevated the I Grills to major catalogue numbers beginning with the 2013 edition. For years we have differentiated between the two grill types in our auctions and pointed out the rarity of many of the I grills -- especially in original-gum condition. Now, with major catalogue listings, the I Grills have taken their rightful place alongside the 1867-68 Grilled Issues, which have long been differentiated in the Scott Catalogue. The 6c I Grill is rare in original-gum condition. We have offered only two others since 1999 and neither was as well-centered as the example offered here.
Ex Curtis. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF 90; SMQ $16,500.00). Only two examples of the 6c I Grill have been graded by P.S.E. and this is the higher of the two (the other is VF 80). The example offered here is centered far better than a 90 grade -- no doubt points were taken off for the slight facial rub.