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The fourth stamp from the United States that did not show a president was issued on April 1 in 1869. It shows the S. S. Adriatic. The Adriatic, build in New York in 1856, was a shining example of modern innovation. It was the largest and fastest ocean liner in the world and considered a modern marvel at the time. However, its late delivery caused financial troubles for the company (Collins Line) and they soon went bankrupt. Todays stamp is a twelve cent stamp showing the S. S. Adriatic. The stamp is with grill. A grill on a postage stamp is an embossed pattern of small indentations intended to discourage postage stamp reuse. The catalog value of the stamp is approx. 1.000 $.