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
163
 
Sale 1096, Lot 163, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, A-Z Grills (Scott 79-85E)2c Black, Z. Grill (85B). Clearly-defined grill points, beautiful centering with wide margins, sharp impression nicely contrasted by blue segmented cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT Z GRILL.

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, the Z is the rarest of the Black Jack grilled stamps.

Ex Drucker. With 1980 and 2002 P.F. certificates.

1,450
6,000