Lot 182 o1870, 6¢ carmine, H. grill, light town and segmented cork cancels, beautiful rich vibrant color, choice centering amid well balanced margins, clear well defined grill impression, Extremely Fine, choice so nice; with 1998 P.S.E. certificate.
Scott No. 137 $400.
Lot 183 o1871, 7¢ vermilion, H. grill, neat segmented cork cancel, well centered amid large oversized margins, rich bright color and a strong well defined grill impression, an Extremely Fine jumbo, a beautiful large margin grill issue, with only eight examples graded higher; with 1997 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates, the latter Graded (XF 90J, SMQ $1,675).
Scott No. 138 $475.
Lot 184 o1870, 10¢ brown, H. grill, fancy star cancel, well centered amid wide margins, strong bold color and clear grill impression, Extremely Fine; with 1954 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 139 $800.
Lot 185 o1870, 12¢ dull violet, H. grill, light face free target cancel, wide nicely balanced margins, vivid rich color enhancing a crisp detailed impression, Very Fine and choice, a marvelous neatly canceled example of this difficult Banknote grill issue, most certainly one of the finest in existence; with 1994 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 140 $3,500.
Lot 186 o1870, 30¢ black, H. grill, neat face-free grid cancel, rich bold color enhancing a sharp detailed impression, precise centering and well balanced margins, clear discernible grill impression, Extremely Fine, one of the most difficult grilled Banknote issues to obtain in choice sound condition; with 1984 & 2002 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. 143 $3,750.
ONE OF THE FINEST USED EXAMPLES OF THE 1870 30¢ BANKNOTE GRILL ISSUE EXTANT.
Lot 1871870, 15¢ orange, I. grill, o.g., never hinged, wide margins, breathtaking vibrant color on bright paper, fresh and Very Fine; with 2018 P.S.E. certificate.
Scott No. 141A; $16,500 as o.g. Estimate $30,000 - 40,000.
THE ONLY RECORDED MINT NEVER HINGED OF THE ELUSIVE 15¢ "I" GRILL 1870 ISSUE, A TRUE CONDITION RARITY IN THIS PRISTINE POST OFFICE FRESH CONDITION.
Starting with the 2013 Scott U.S. Specialized Catalogue, the 1870 Issue "I" Grills were elevated to major catalogue number status. The "I" grills are far scarcer than the regular "H" grills, and collector demand has proved this to be true. Examples for every value up to the 90¢ have been certified, with the high value exceptionally rare. There are less than 10 unused examples of the 15¢ "I" grill, including a faulty block of four. This is the only recorded never hinged example.
Lot 188 o1871, 7¢ vermilion, red four bar circular grid cancel, choice centering with large balanced margin around, rich radiant color, an Extremely Fine and choice jumbo; with 1985 & 2002 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. 149 $100.
Lot 1891870, 24¢ purple, o.g., lightly hinged, exceptional centering within wide margins, strong brilliant color, Extremely Fine to Superb, this being one of four examples to receive this grade with only one higher (95J); with 1993 P.F. and 2003 P.S.E. certificates, the latter Graded (XF-Sup 95, SMQ $9,250).
Scott No. 153 $1,700.
A CHOICE ORIGINAL GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 24¢ NATIONAL BANK NOTE ISSUE.
Lot 190 o1870, 90¢ carmine, well centered within large margins, brilliant color, neat strike of San Francisco cross roads cancel, fresh and Extremely Fine, the 90c National is seldom available in such outstanding condition; with 2016 P.F. certificate Graded (XF 90, SSV $700).
Scott No. 155 $325.