1869 US Postage Stamps

1869 15¢ - #118


Christopher Columbus
15¢ - Brown and blue - Type I
200,000 - Grill -  Scott #118 - 1869


Value

Used: $50-$250
No postmark with gum (MH): $1,400-$2,900
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $8,000-$10,000

Please Note

A certificate from stamp expertisers such as the PSE, would be required if
interested in selling this grill with both undisturbed gum and no postmark


15¢ - Brown and blue - Type I
only 24 examples exist 
No Grill -  Scott #118a - 1869

How to tell the difference
between #118 and #119

This is a difficult issue because it tends to have heavier cancels that, together with the darker colors, can obscure the defining attributes. In addition, the position of the blue vignette is often shifted enough to do the same. I have deliberately chosen examples that readily show the attributes. You may not be so lucky with your stamp.

On the #119 (Type II), there is a small diamond in the center of the vignette frame (red arrow), right under the “T” in “POSTAGE”. On the #118 Type I) there is no diamond (green arrow). This test is conclusive.

Note also the dark brown outline around the vignette which also defines the diamond shape on the #119 (purple arrow). There is no such frame line on the #118 (orange arrow). This test is also conclusive.

Shown above - #118

Shown above - #119

 

1869 US Postage Stamps