America’s Rarest Stamps Grills were made (U.S. #79-179c). by embossing a stamp, In 1998, Mystic bought the 1-cent breaking the front of Z Grill. With only two known, it’s its fibers, and allowing the rarest U.S. stamp. In 2005, Mystic canceling ink to soak deeply traded the 1¢ Z Grill for the one-of-ainto the paper. This made it kind Inverted Jenny Error Plate-Number difficult to remove cancels Block, a six million dollar trade. 85A and reuse stamps. Charles Bill Gross, the new owner of the Steel, who oversaw postage stamp production in the 1¢ Z Grill, is the only person to have 1860s, patented the grilling method. It was used a complete collection of 19th-century during the nine years (1867-75) grills were made U.S. stamps. 83, 85, 85C, 88, 94 Washington 86, 92 Franklin 87, 93 Jackson 89, 96 Washington 90, 97 Washington 91, 98 Lincoln 95 Jefferson 99 Washington 100 Franklin 101 Washington Visit our website at MysticStamp.com for more information about Grills. Mystic President Don Sundman traded the 1¢ Z Grill for the Jenny Invert Plate-Number Block. Scott Number Mint Used Series of 1867 C Grill 83 3¢ rose..................... $4,000.00 $1,100.00 D Grill 85 3¢ rose..................... 4,000.00 1,100.00 Z Grill 85C 3¢ rose..................... 9,500.00 3,500.00 E Grill 86 1¢ blue.................... 1,825.00 495.00 87 2¢ black .................. 800.00 225.00 88 3¢ rose.................... 500.00 35.00 89 10¢ green................ 2,500.00 295.00 90 12¢ black ................ 2,800.00 360.00 91 15¢ black ................ 5,500.00 625.00 F Grill 92 1¢ blue.................... 1,075.00 550.00 93 2¢ black .................. 400.00 70.00 94 3¢ red...................... 250.00 12.00 95 5¢ brown................. 1,900.00 790.00 96 10¢ yellow green..... 1,600.00 185.00 97 12¢ black ................ 1,750.00 275.00 98 15¢ black ................ 1,800.00 325.00 99 24¢ gray lilac........... 3,500.00 1,300.00 100 30¢ orange.............. 3,500.00 900.00 101 90¢ blue.................. 7,250.00 2,200.00 1869 Pictorials Are Among the Most Popular of the U.S. Classics The 1869 Pictorial stamps were the first Pictorials were so unsuccessful they were printed during the 1840-70 Classic period, are U.S. stamps to feature something other withdrawn from sale within a year of release. among the most sought-after in the world. The than the bust or head of a famous American The stamps were printed by the National short printing time adds to their collectibility. leader. Never before had stamps illustrated Bank Note Company, and all have the G grill Pictorials are difficult to find today and are paintings, horses, or locomotives. pattern. Numbers 118-122 were the first prized in both mint and used conditions. What is truly surprising is that the new two-color U.S. stamps. Scott Number Mint Used stamps were unpopular with the public. The 1869 Pictorials are philatelic treasures. 1869 Pictorial Issues (G Grill) Many thought it was unpatriotic to replace They were groundbreaking and a preview of the 112 1¢ buff......................... $475.00 $140.00 statesmen with trains and ships. In fact, the commemoratives to come. Today these stamps, 113 2¢ brown ..................... 395.00 75.00 112 Franklin 113 Pony Express Rider 114 Locomotive 115 Washington 114 3¢ ultramarine............. 235.00 14.95 115 6¢ ultramarine............. 1,750.00 210.00 116 10¢ yellow................... 1,750.00 125.00 117 12¢ green.................... 1,350.00 125.00 118 15¢ brown & blue (I).... 4,500.00 695.00 119 15¢ brown & blue (II)... 1,825.00 235.00 120 24¢ green & violet....... 3,500.00 650.00 121 30¢ blue & carmine..... 4,500.00 550.00 122 90¢ carmine & black ... 6,000.00 1,900.00 The G grill is exclusive to the 1869 pictorials. In 1875 a very limited number of these stamps were reissued without grills. 5 116 Shield and Eagle 117 S.S. Adriatic 118 (Type I) Landing of Columbus 119 (Type II) Landing of Columbus 120 Declaration ofIndependence 121 Shield and Eagle 122 Lincoln
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