Lot 102 o1867, 3¢ Rose, C. Grill, New York town and rosette duplex cancel, well centered amid large margins, bright fresh color and well defined grill impression, full even perforations, Extremely Fine; with 1991 and 2006 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. 83 $1,100.
A MAGNIFICENT USED EXAMPLE WHICH IS AMONG THE FINEST KNOWN.
Certain stamps transcend today's grading system, which focuses primarily on centering, this is one of those stamps, it possess outstanding centering, bright color, freshness, fancy rosette cancellation and full perforations, all of which make this gem impossible to duplicate.
Lot 103 o1867, 2¢ Black, Z. Grill, segmented cork cancel, near perfect centering within beautiful large, balanced margins, rich bold color and clear well defined grill impression, an Extremely Fine gem; with 2001, 2009 P.F. and 2013 P.S.E. certificates.
Scott No. 85B $1,200.
THIS IS UNDOUBTEDLY ONE OF FINEST USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1867 2¢ BLACKJACK Z. GRILL ISSUE.
Lot 1041867, 3¢ Red, F. Grill, o.g., barest trace of hinge, remarkably well centered centered with huge beautifully balanced margins all around, rich deep color on bright paper, with strong well defined grill impression, an Extremely Fine to Superb jumbo, a true one-in-a-million jumbo gem; with 1988, 2002 and 2008 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. 94 $350.
A MARVELOUS SUPERB LARGE MARGIN MINT EXAMPLE OF THE 1867 3¢ RED F. GRILL ISSUE - WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES EXTANT.
Lot 105 o1867, 5¢ Dark Brown, F. Grill, quartered cork cancel, precision centering amid exceptionally wide margins, rich bright color, an Extremely Fine jumbo; with 2010 and 2014 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. 95 $1,000.
AN ENORMOUS GEM USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1867 5¢ F. GRILL ISSUE.
Lot 1061867, 12¢ Black, F. Grill, full o.g., lightly hinged, exceptionally fresh and virtually perfectly centered with large even margins, a finely detailed impression, an Extremely Fine gem; with 2013 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 97 $3,000.
A WONDERFULLY CHOICE ORIGINAL GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1867 12¢ F. GRILL ISSUE.
Lot 1071867, 15¢ Black, F. Grill, Block of 4, full Post Office fresh o.g., which appears never hinged despite the fact that the accompanying P.F. certificate calls the block previously hinged, virtually perfectly centered with sharp early impression, vibrant fresh color, the gum and the grill are as nice and sharp as the day the block was printed, top stamps with two light horizontal creases, otherwise fresh and Extremely Fine, In our opinion the bottom stamps are o.g., n.h., if not the whole block, which would yield two of the finest never hinged singles if broken up; with 2015 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 98 $35,000.
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). 15¢ usually paid the registration fee on domestic mail or the U.S.-French treaty rate.
Lot 1081867, 15¢ Black, F. Grill, wide margins, tied by neat violet grid handstamp on fresh 1869 cover to Paris, France, matching partial "Philadelphia, Paid 12, Jun 11" exchange cds and French packet octagon date stamp, receiving backstamp, Extremely Fine; with 1990 and 2012 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. 98 Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
A CHOICE USAGE OF THE 1867 15¢ F. GRILL ISSUE FROM PHILADELPHIA, PA. TO FRANCE.
Lot 1091867, 30¢ Orange, F. Grill, full o.g., neatly hinged once at top, rich brilliant color, exceptionally well centered especially for this notoriously tight margin issue, bright and wonderfully fresh, strong well-defined grill impression, Extremely Fine; with 2010 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 100 $8,500.
CONSIDERED TO BE ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN MINT EXAMPLES OF THE 1867 30¢ F. GRILL ISSUE. A MAGNIFICENT EXAMPLE OF ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT OF ALL CLASSIC UNITED STATES STAMPS TO OBTAIN IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION.
The 30¢ 1861-68 Issue is one of the most difficult classic United States classics issues to find in premium condition. The narrow spacing of the plate leaves many with perforations cutting into the design. Color is also an issue with many stamps oxidizing from the apparent high metallic content of the ink used to print this orange color. The stamp offered here with exceptional centering and post office fresh color and paper is a true condition rarity.
Lot 110 o1867, 90¢ Blue, F. Grill, perfectly centered with wide margins, beautiful shade and impression, red cork cancel, much better formed perfs than typically encountered, an Extremely Fine gem; with 1969 and 2012 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. 101 $2,550.
A SPECTACULAR USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 90¢ F. GRILL, COMBINING FLAWLESS CENTERING, PERFORATIONS, COLOR AND A PREMIUM CANCEL.
The 90¢ stamps used to make grilled issues were printed on a thick stock of paper. It is likely that sheets remaining from the pre-grill period were used and that the thinner paper introduced in 1868 had not been used for the 90c value. Two characteristics of 90c F Grill stamps are poorly punched perforations and generally bad centering. This stamp is a remarkable exception. The perfs are much better formed than usual (although they show the genuine characteristics) and the centering is precise. In this stamp there is also the added feature of a striking red cancel.