1870 US Postage Stamps

1870 issue with a grill impression 1¢ - #134


Benjamin Franklin
1¢ - Ultramarine, pale ultramarine or dark ultramarine 
5,000,000 - H grill (see below) - White wove paper, thin to medium thick 
P12 - Scott #134 - 1870
The H grill is 11-13 points wide by 14-16 points

Value

Used: $18-$45
No postmark with gum (MH): $225-$400
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $3,000-$4,500

Please Note

A certificate from stamp expertisers such as the PSE, would be required if interested in selling this issue, particularly unused examples
Grills are often forged. See below for an image of a genuine H grill.


Benjamin Franklin
1¢ - Ultramarine, pale ultramarine or dark ultramarine 
I grill (see below) - White wove paper, thin to medium thick 
P12 - Scott #134A- 1870
The I grill is 9-11 points wide by 10-13 points tall

Value

Used: $4,500
No postmark with gum (MH): $6,500
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): No sales recorded

Please Note

A certificate from stamp expertisers such as the PSE, would be required if interested in selling this issue with the rare 'I' grill
Grills are often forged. See below for an image of a genuine I grill. If the grill is too faint to count the points it will be certificated
as the less valuable H grill, no matter what the size.

The H grill's size relative to the stamp

1870 US Postage Stamps