Lot 4132 E1867, N.B.N.C. grill essay, allover grill of small squares, points up, on 3¢ lake, imperf, top margin block of 4 with imprint, o.g., stamp never hinged, very lightly hinged in selvage only, large margins, intensely rich color, Extremely Fine.
Scott No. 79-E15c $2,000 for singles.
AN EXCEPTIONAL AND UNIQUE NEVER HINGED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 3¢ LAKE N.B.N.C. POINTS UP GRILL ESSAY BEARING THE TOP MARGIN IMPRINT.
Lot 4133 o1867, 2¢ black, E. grill, partial target cancel, rich intense color, choice centering amid uncommonly large margins, sharp full grill impression, an Extremely Fine jumbo, rarely encountered so large, ex-Hinrichs; with 1990 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 87 $200.
Lot 4134 o1867, 10¢ green, E. grill, partial town and quartered cork cancels, precision centering amid wide margins, deep rich color, Extremely Fine to Superb, a wonderfully choice gem of this difficult issue; with 1991 & 2018 P.F. certificates, the latter Graded (XF-Sup 95, SSV $2,250).
Scott No. 89 $325.
Lot 4135 o1867, 3¢ red, F. grill, very thin paper, socked-on-the-nose unusual grid cancel conforming to portrait design, perfectly centered amid evenly balanced margins, strong bright color, Superb, an outstanding gem, ex-Hinrichs; with 2000 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 94 var. $13.
Lot 41361867, 10¢ yellow green, F. grill, very thin paper, o.g., lightly hinged, well centered amid wide margins, gorgeous deep rich color and exceptionally fresh, strong well defined grill impression, Very Fine and choice; with 1983 P.F. & 2019 P.S.E. certificates.
Scott No. 96 var. $2,750.
A HANDSOME MINT ORIGINAL GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1867 10¢ F. GRILL ISSUE.
Lot 4137 o1867, 12¢ black, F. grill, circle of wedge cancel, exceptional centering amid huge beautifully balanced margins all around, deep intense color, an Extremely Fine to Superb jumbo, this is the sole 95J and only four graded higher; with 2007 P.S.E. certificate Graded (XF-Sup 95J, SMQ $4,150).
Scott No. 97 $250.
A REMARKABLE JUMBO MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE 1867 12¢ F. GRILL ISSUE.
Lot 4138 o1867, 15¢ black, F. grill, circle of "V"'s cancel, near perfect centering with evenly balanced margins around, strong color, Extremely Fine to Superb, a gem 15¢ F. Grill, with only two grading higher; with 2009 P.S.E. certificate Graded (XF-Sup 95, SMQ $3,250).
Scott No. 98 $275.
Lot 41391867, 15¢ black, F. grill, tied by blue four-rings target cancel duplexed with partial "Penn Yan, N.Y. Feb 24" double-circle datestamp on 1870 cover to Paris, France, red "New York Paid All, Br. Transit, Feb 26" exchange cds and matching large "8" handstamp credit to G.B., red "London, Paid, 9 MR 70" transit cds and matching "PD" in oval handstamp, Calais (3.10); reverse with Paris (3.10) arrival backstamp and notation of receipt in "Rome - March 15/70" after forwarding by Munroe & Co.; small edge tear at left, Very Fine and colorful.
Scott No. 98 Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE 1868 GRILLED ISSUE EXAMPLE OF THE PHANTOM RATE TO FRANCE SHOWING THE 8¢ CREDIT TO ENGLAND.
Following the expiration of the U.S.-France mail treaty on December 31, 1869, the New York postmaster was aware of and sometimes employed an unannounced fully-prepaid rate to France of 12¢ with 8¢ credit to England (published in the foreign postage tables for Algeria). The 12¢ rate applied only until July 1st, when it was reduced to 10¢. As usual, the sender of this cover may have prepaid it for the expired 15¢ treaty rate (3¢ overpayment). Most Phantom rate covers are prepaid with the 1869 or 1870 Issue.