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Lot #62

1867 A. Grill

1867 5c brown, A.Grill Essay (covering the entire stamp), original gum, pulled perforation at lower right, fine appearance, with 1969 (as Scott No.80 unused with original gum) and 2019 Philatelic Foundation Certificates, ex-Meilstrup (1973 sale, sold as a stamp). There are four known unused "essays", all originating from a block of four from the Earl of Crawford's collection (presumably this is the lower right stamp). There are also only four known used examples, which are listed in the Scott catalogue as number 80 (with a catalogue value of $260,000, likely to rise after a recent hammer of $340,000). One of only four unused copies, this is quite possibly the finest, as it has original gum and only a minor flaw. An unused without gum copy with small faults brought $22,000 in the 2015 Siegel Rarities Sale (two of the four unused 5c A Grill stamps from the Earl of Crawford block, including this one, were previously certified as genuine Scott 80's by The Philatelic Foundation, which currently describes them as essays)
Catalog #80E

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