1867 12¢ 'F' GRILL - #97
12¢ - Black or gray black
F Grill - Points go down. Measures 9 x 13mm. 11 or 12 x 15 to 17 points.
Scott #97 - 1867
No postmark with gum (MH): $2,000-$5,000
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $11,500
This issue , like all grills sometimes have fake grills applied to them, particularly the valuable issues.
A certificate from stamp expertisers such as the PSE, would be required if interested in selling this grill without a postmark.
THE F GRILL
Measures 9 x 13mm
11 or 12 x 15 to 17 points
An example of a fake grill (in this case on #101)
As you will see there are no points down or up
It is simple a series of impressed points.
During the early 1990's there were many of these
produced by a, since banned, ebay dealer.
Recently these have been produced in Germany
and sold through ebay dealers based in both
the Netherlands and Germany. So be extra
careful when purchasing grills from these
countries. Insist on a large scan of the
reverse of the stamp and a certificate of
authenticity on expensive copies.