Suspect Scott #84
This is a curious case, what we have is an 1861 – 66 2c Andrew Jackson (Black Jack) with a grill. I bought this stamp on EBay for $15.00 as a known fake with the goal of getting it off of the market and doing a proper analysis on it.
The number of grill points is 14 X 18 with the points down on the face. A quick look on the Sonic Imagery Labs Grill Pattern Gauge shows that there is only one grill type that would fit and that is the “Z” grill (13 to 14 X 18). No other grill type would fit – the “C” grill is 16 to 17 X18 to 21 points and the points are up on the face, the “D” grill is 15 X 17 to 18 points and the “E grill is 14 X 15 to 17 points. The grill itself does not look right either – it seems to be narrower at the bottom than at the top, there is a space between the 8th and 9th rows and the only distinct points are cross shaped not “H” shaped. Below are images of the suspect grill overlaid on “D”, “Z” and “E” grill pattern gauges found on the Sonic Imagery Labs Precision U.S. Specialty Multi-Gauge. The upper left corner point was used as the reference for all three images.
Conclusion: the suspect stamp is a Scott #73, a nicely centered one I might add,
with an added fake grill to look like a “D” or "Z" grill. Of the three stamps
the suspect could be, #84 “D” grill, #85B “Z” grill and #87 “E” grill, the most
expensive is the Scott #84 “D” grill with a catalogue value of $4500. I sent
this stamp to the A. P. S. to be expertized. As always comments and suggestions are always welcome. To Contact Riverside Stamps: I am a member of the American Philatelic Society
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As always comments and suggestions are always welcome.
To Contact Riverside Stamps:
I am a member of the American Philatelic Society
I am a member of the United States Stamp Society
I am a member of the Internet Philatelic Dealers Association