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Gem-Quality United States Stamps continued...

1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101) continued...
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1166   Image15c Black, F. Grill (98). Mathematically perfect centering with unusually wide and balanced margins, bright shade and crisp impression, clear grill points, light strike of target cancel leaves entire design clearly visible, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MAGNIFICENT STAMP IS THE SOLE 1868 15-CENT F GRILL TO ACHIEVE THE ULTIMATE GRADE OF GEM 100 FROM P.S.E. UNDENIABLY THE PERFECT STAMP, POSSESSING EVERY QUALITY ONE COULD POSSIBLY HOPE FOR -- CENTERING, IMPRESSION, STRONG GRILL, FULL PERFORATIONS AND A LIGHT CANCEL.

We created Power Search for occasions like this, when superlatives fail to do justice to an extraordinary stamp. To see the centering, margins and cancellations on typical used examples of the 15c Lincoln -- ungrilled or not -- please use our website's Power Search feature to find Scott 77, 91 and 98. You will see that the 15c Lincoln is almost always a stamp of compromise. Great centering and margins, but heavy cancel. Light or colored cancel, but small margins or not quite centered. Great looking, but small faults. Then, look at past "name" sales and see which 15c Lincoln stamps were included. No one -- and there are great collector names on this list -- managed to obtain this stamp or one even remotely like it.

When numerical grading started, the 15c Lincoln was on our list of "Try to Find a 100" stamps. We did not believe one existed. When this 15c F Grill was presented to us, we knew it was perfect without even looking at the grade. The Gem 100 grade confirmed our gut reaction.

The ungrilled version of this issue was released in April 1866, 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). 15c usually paid the registration fee on domestic mail or the U.S.-French treaty rate. The 15c stamps used on transatlantic mail passed through foreign-mail exchange offices, where clerks were zealous about cancelling high-value stamps. For this reason, the 15c Lincoln usually has a heavy cancel or large cancel over the portrait. This stamp, with its light target cancel, is the rare exception.

Ex "Hanover". With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $21,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and the only example to achieve this grade. Working our way down the grading chart, only one other has graded higher than a 95. (Image)

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$ 275.00


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1167   Image15c Black, F. Grill (98). Extra wide margins, intense shade complemented by bold strike of red Four Diamonds cancel, Very Fine and choice, a pretty stamp, with 1992 and 2002 P.F. certificates (Image)

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$ 375.00


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1168   Image24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99). Choice wide and balanced margins for this tightly spaced issue, strong color, light cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 24-CENT F GRILL.

With 1988, 2002 and 2006 P.F. certificates (XF 90). With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $3,500.00). Only five grade higher (all at 95) (Image)

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$ 1,500.00


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1169°   Image24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99). Beautifully balanced margins for this tightly spaced issue, strong color, neat quartered cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 24-CENT F GRILL.

With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $3,500.00). Only five grade higher (highest is 95) (Image)

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$ 1,500.00


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1170   Image1861-68 Issues, Choice Used Balance (63/93). 16 used stamps, 1861 Issue includes Nos. 63, 65 (four, three with star cancels), 68 (two), 69, 73 and 76, grills include Nos. 87, 88, 89, 92 and 93, essentially all are sound with attractive centering, nice range of cancels including stars, red, blue target and red circle of V's, fresh and Very Fine group, 17 P.F. or P.S.E. certificates accompany (No. 69 graded XF 90) (Image)

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$ 1,470.00


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