Sale 1254 — United States Stamps
Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 6-7 April, 2022
Category — 1861-68 Issues and 1861 Re-Issue
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT BUFF, CANCELLED IN BOTH BLUE AND RED AND GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION. EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.
Due to narrow spacing on the 5c plate, it is very difficult to find centered copies with the perforations clear of the design on all sides. The stamp offered here, with its choice centering, fresh color and two different color postmarks is a true condition rarity.
With 2021 P.F. certificate (XF-Superb 95). This is the highest grade awarded by the P.F. By way of comparison, the P.S.E. Population Report also lists XF-Superb 95 as its highest grade, with six examples. We have offered five of those six and none have a two-color cancel.
EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 24-CENT VIOLET ON THIN PAPER, SCOTT 70c, GRADED XF 90 BY THE P.F.
With 2021 P.F. certificate (XF 90). This is scarce in the higher grades
FINE AND SCARCE SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT IN THE 1862 RED BROWN SHADE.
With 1999 P.F. certificate
FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT BLACKISH VIOLET, A SHADE VARIETY THAT IS MISSING IN MOST ADVANCED CLASSIC UNITED STATES COLLECTIONS.
Our census of Scott 78c, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/78c , records three unused and 49 used examples of this issue, of which only 39 have been certified as genuine by The Philatelic Foundation. Some were certified a long time ago and need to be re-confirmed. We also record nine on covers.
Census no. 78c-CAN-49. With 2021 P.F. certificate
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.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 3-CENT D GRILL IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE. THIS REMARKABLE STAMP IS GRADED SUPERB 98 BY BOTH P.S.E. AND THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
It is our hypothesis that two grilling machines were used to make regular-production grilled stamps, beginning in January 1868. Based on our analysis of grill production, the D Grill machine was refitted with the E Grill on or about February 3, 1868. Based on the earliest known uses of the 3c D Grill (2/1/68) and 3c E Grill (2/12/68), it is our theory that the conversion from the D to E Grill took place very soon after sheets of 2c and 3c stamps were first run through the D-equipped machine. This would explain the scarcity of 3c D Grill stamps.
Ex Kirke. With 2006 P.F. certificate (Superb 98). With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $24,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only one other has achieved this grade. The other P.S.E. 98 was offered in our sale of the "Natalee Grace" collection (Sale 1024, lot 142)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN ASTONISHING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT Z GRILL IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE. THIS SPECTACULAR STAMP IS GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST AWARDED.
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 Kirke. With 2010 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $31,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only one other.
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 ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 12-CENT E GRILL.
Ex Hoffman. With 1990 P.F. and 1991 P.S.E. certificates
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1867 5-CENT F GRILL.
The 5c F Grill is rare but does exist in Mint N.H. condition. These have primarily been harvested from blocks broken in the last 30 years. This is a fresh and desirable example.
Ex Klein. With copy of 1989 P.F. certificate for a block of ten. With 1999 P.S.E. certificate. Scott value as hinged.
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EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST USED EXAMPLES OF THE 1868 5-CENT F GRILL IN EXISTENCE. A SUPERB STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT -- COLOR, CANCEL, STRENGTH OF GRILL, CENTERING AND PERFORATIONS.
Our usual statement about Scott 67, explaining about the rarity of choice grades with the 5c issue due to the spacing and layout on the plate, can be underscored and boldfaced for the 1868 5c F Grill. The stamp offered here defies the norm, possessing wide margins all around and a lightly struck brownish-black target cancel.
Ex Dr. Hinrichs, "Scarsdale" and Kirke. With 1999 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $9,500.00). Only one grades higher (at 95J, we have never offered it) and two others share this desirable grade.