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Price History for Scott 98 in Used 95 Grade

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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
100
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2019-05-01
Gem-Quality United States Stamps
1166
PSE 100
 
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
16,000
2016-04-07
The Hanover Collection of Superb-Quality U.S. Stamps-Part One
55°
PSE 100
 
Sale Number 1122, Lot Number 55, 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 HAS BEEN AWARDED THE ULTIMATE GRADE OF GEM 100 BY P.S.E. THIS USED 1868 15-CENT F GRILL IS 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 (three different searches). 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 the "name" collections 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 and a note of praise from master grader Dr. William A. Litle confirmed our gut reaction.

The ungrilled version of this issue was released in 1866, about 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.

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.

275
17,500
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2013-11-19
United States Stamps
3512°
PSE 100
 
Sale Number 1061, Lot Number 3512, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-100)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 HAS BEEN AWARDED THE ULTIMATE GRADE OF GEM 100 BY P.S.E. THIS USED 1868 15-CENT F GRILL IS 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 (three different searches). 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 the "name" collections 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 and a note of praise from master grader Dr. William A. Litle confirmed our gut reaction.

The ungrilled version of this issue was released in 1866, about 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.

With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $10,500.00 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded to date and the only example to achieve this grade.

325
18,000
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2008-12-16
Important and Superb United States Stamps
4210
PSE 100
 
Sale Number 967, Lot Number 4210, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101), including the 10c Z Grill15c 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 HAS BEEN AWARDED THE ULTIMATE GRADE OF GEM 100 BY P.S.E. THIS USED 1868 15-CENT E GRILL IS UNDENIABLY THE PERFECT STAMP, POSSESSING EVERY QUALITY ONE COULD POSSIBLY HOPE FOR -- CENTERING, IMPRESSION, STONG 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 (three different searches). 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 the "name" collections 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 and a note of praise from master grader Dr. William Litle confirmed our gut reaction.

The ungrilled version of this issue was released in 1866, about 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.

There are certainly rarer stamps in this sale, and stamps that are worth much more, but we cannot think of a stamp that has conquered the odds better than this one. The perforating machine blessed it, the postal clerk respected it, and the generations who handled it managed to preserve its soundness. We are quite sure that the collectors who bid for this stamp will express their appreciation accordingly.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $10,600.00 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded to date and the only example to achieve this grade. The next-highest grade awarded is a 95.

375
50,000
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
95
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2020-04-08
The Edward Morton Collection of Outstanding Quality U.S. Stamps
254
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 254, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)15c Black, F. Grill, Very Thin Paper (98 var), 15c Black, F. Grill, Very Thin Paper (98 var)15c Black, F. Grill, Very Thin Paper (98 var). Intense shade and impression, beautiful centering with wide margins, red, blue and black cancels leave entire design clearly visible

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 15-CENT F GRILL.

With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,250.00 with no premium for the very thin paper). Only two grade higher and nine others share this grade, but we do not know if any others are this paper variety

595
1,300
2017-12-19
United States Stamps and Hawaii
535
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 1172, Lot Number 535, 1861-68 Issues, 1875 Re-Issue (Scott 65-105)15c Black, F. Grill (98), 15c Black, F. Grill (98)15c Black, F. Grill (98). Outstanding centering with balanced margins, neat target cancel, bright white paper, clear grill impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 15-CENT F GRILL.

Ex Dauer. With 2002 P.F., 2009 and 2017 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,250.00). Only two have graded higher (highest is 100)

375
2,500
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2017-09-19
The Clipper City Collection of Superb U.S. Stamps
76
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 1163, Lot Number 76, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)15c Black, F. Grill (98), 15c Black, F. Grill (98)15c Black, F. Grill (98). Detailed impression on bright paper, unobtrusive strike of cork cancel, wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 15-CENT F GRILL.

Ex Merlin and Curtis. With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,250.00), only two have been graded higher

275
2,300
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2017-07-25
United States Stamps
187
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 1162, Lot Number 187, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)15c Black, F. Grill, Very Thin Paper (98 var), 15c Black, F. Grill, Very Thin Paper (98 var)15c Black, F. Grill, Very Thin Paper (98 var). Near perfect centering within extraordinarily wide margins, lightly cancelled

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 15-CENT F GRILL ON VERY THIN PAPER.

With 1997, 2000 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; unpriced in SMQ as thin paper variety, SMQ $3,250.00 as normal paper)

475
1,500
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2015-09-29
The Robert Bowman Collection of Superb U.S. Stamps
74
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 74, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 83-101)15c Black, F. Grill, Very Thin Paper (98 var), 15c Black, F. Grill, Very Thin Paper (98 var)15c Black, F. Grill, Very Thin Paper (98 var). Near perfect centering within extraordinarily wide margins, lightly cancelled

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 15-CENT F GRILL ON VERY THIN PAPER.

With 1997 and 2000 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; unpriced in SMQ as thin paper variety, SMQ $3,250.00 as on normal paper)

475
1,500
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2014-11-05
The Curtis Collection: 1847-1901 Stamps and Covers
3286
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 1084, Lot Number 3286, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, cont. (Scott 92-101)15c Black, F. Grill (98), 15c Black, F. Grill (98)15c Black, F. Grill (98). Detailed impression on bright paper, unobtrusive strike of cork cancel, wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 15-CENT F GRILL.

Ex Merlin. With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,250.00), only two have graded higher

275
2,700
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2012-11-28
The Merlin Collection of Superb United States Stamps
109
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 109, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)15c Black, F. Grill (98), 15c Black, F. Grill (98)15c Black, F. Grill (98). Detailed impression on bright paper, unobtrusive strike of cork cancel, wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 15-CENT F GRILL.

With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,250.00), only two have graded higher

325
2,300
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2012-10-23
The Nick Kirke Collection of Gem-Quality Used U.S. Stamps
3172
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3172, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, E and F Grills (Scott 86-101)15c Black, F. Grill (98), 15c Black, F. Grill (98)15c Black, F. Grill (98). Beautiful centering with wide and balanced margins, bright shade, light cancel leaves the entire design completely visible

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 15-CENT F GRILL.

With 1980 and 2006 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95). With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,250.00). Only two have graded higher.

325
2,000
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2010-04-06
United States Stamps
347
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 984, Lot Number 347, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (F Grill - Scott 92-101)15c Black, F. Grill (98), 15c Black, F. Grill (98)15c Black, F. Grill (98). Beautiful centering with wide and balanced margins, bright shade, bold strike of segmented cork cancel and also with trace of red transit cancel at bottom

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 15-CENT F GRILL.

With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,400.00). Only one has graded higher to date.

400
1,800
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
90
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2011-03-08
United States Stamps
2247
PSE 90
 
Sale Number 1007, Lot Number 2247, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 97-101)15c Black, F. Grill (98), 15c Black, F. Grill (98)15c Black, F. Grill (98). Almost perfectly centered, intense shade, Lincoln portrait flanked by attractive blue cork cancels, Extremely Fine, with 2010 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $950.00)

370
800
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Date
Lot#/
Grade
75
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2014-04-30
United States Stamps
114
PSE 75
 
Sale Number 1068, Lot Number 114, 1861-68 Issues and 1875 Re-Issue15c Black, F. Grill (98), 15c Black, F. Grill (98)15c Black, F. Grill (98). Unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins, intense shade and proof-like impression, bold strike of circle of wedges cancel, clearly-defined grill, most recent certificate notes small sealed internal tear at top right and tiny filled thin at left, Extremely Fine appearance, ex Natalee Grace, with 1988 P.F. and 2012 P.S.E. certificates (F-VF 75), the former as sound

325
250
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