America’s Rarest Stamps Grills were made 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 85A difficult to remove cancels Block, a six million dollar trade. Mystic President Don Sundman traded the 1¢ Z Grilland reuse stamps. Charles Bill Gross, the new owner of the for the Jenny Invert Plate-Number Block. Steel, who oversaw postage stamp production in 1¢ Z Grill, is the only person to have Scott Number Mint Used the 1860s, patented the grilling method. It was a complete collection of 19th-century Series of 1867 used during the nine years (1867-75) grills were U.S. stamps. 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 Washington Franklin Jackson Washington Washington 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 Interest-Free Time Payments Available on Stamps $200 or More 101 90¢ blue.................. 7,250.00 2,200.00 83, 85, 85C, 88, 9486, 9287, 9389, 9690, 97 91, 98 Lincoln 95 Jefferson 99 Washington 100 Franklin 101 Washington 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were so unsuccessful they were printed during the 1840-70 Classic period, are U.S. stamps to feature something other withdrawn from sale within a year of release.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 75.00 114 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. 117 118 (Type I)119 (Type II) S.S. Adriatic Landing of Columbus Landing of Columbus 5 112 Franklin 113 Pony Express Rider 114 Locomotive 115 Washington 116 Shield and Eagle 120 Declaration ofIndependence 121 Shield and Eagle 122 Lincoln
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