1870 US Postage Stamps

1870 issue with a grill impression 30¢ - #143


Alexander Hamilton
30¢ - Black or full black 
20,000 - H Grill (see below) White wove paper, thin to medium thick 
P12 - Scott #143 - 1870
Centering is usually poor
The H grill is 11-13 points wide by 14-16 points

Value

Used: $400-$850
No postmark with gum (MH): $5,000-$16,000
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $14,500-$20,000

There is one instance of an 'I" grill , an unused example sold at auction for $65,000

Please Note

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


A fake grill applied to #143 (sold on ebay)

The H grill's size relative to the stamp

1870 US Postage Stamps