Sale 1096 — The Robert R. Hall Collection of Outstanding United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 28-30 April, 2015

Category — 1867-68 Grilled Issue, A-Z Grills (Scott 79-85E)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
161
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Sale 1096, Lot 161, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, A-Z Grills (Scott 79-85E)3c Rose, D. Grill (85). Original gum, near perfect centering, deep shade, prominent grill with full width visible, few slightly nibbed perfs

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE FEW KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THE RARE 1868 3-CENT D GRILL WITH ORIGINAL GUM.

The D Grill was refitted with the E Grill on or about February 9, 1868. Based on the earliest documented 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 3c stamps were first run through the D-equipped machine.

To determine Scott 85's rarity, we surveyed a series of major United States collections. The results of our survey are as follows: Caspary--none; T. Charlton Henry--none; Concord (1994 Rarities)--unused (no gum); "Connoisseur" (Superior 1992)--choice o.g. stamp (also Whitman); Cole--unused (no gum); Grunin--unused (no gum); Ishikawa--unused (no gum); Klein-none; Lilly--off-center block (no gum); Seymour--none; Sinkler--Fine block (no gum); Weisman--unused (no gum); West-none; Zoellner--used only; and Rarities sales (blocks without gum and stamps accounted for elsewhere in this list). A total of eight sound original-gum stamps in Very Fine (5) or Extremely Fine (3) grades have been certified by The Philatelic Foundation. Therefore, although the Scott Catalogue values an original-gum example at $6,000.00, in real terms the rarity of a sound well-centered 3c D Grill with original gum puts it on a par with the major A and Z Grill rarities (2-8 recorded for each). The bidders will determine the ultimate price, but we foresee this stamp easily realizing a substantial five-figure sum.

With 1993 P.F. certificate.

6,000
8,000