Lilac, gray lilac
Printing Method: Engraved
Printer: The National Bank Note Company
Subject: George Washington
Number issued: 200,000
Scott #: 99
Issued: August 13th, 1868
$150 - $325
No postmark with gum (MH)
$1,600 - $2,500
Full perfect gum, no postmark
no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH)
No sales recorded
#99 was printed with the following plate #
Engravers imprint and number
The largest known multiple of #99
Over 95% of grills are either E or F grills. The A, B, C, and D grills had proved to be unsatisfactory, mostly due to their presence on the stamp making the stamp difficult to separate. The Z grill did not have that problem but for whatever reason it was printed in very limited quantities. The F grill was the last of the grills. Grilling was expensive and it was increasingly seen that there was no need for it. Grilling did have a benefit; it helped the National Banknote Company win the contract. For more on grills see types of grills.
The last day stamps were grilled was March 25th,1869.
The F grill on #99 is not commonly counterfeited.