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The fifth stamp from the United States that did not show a president was issued on April 2 in 1869. It shows a painting of Christopher Columbus and members of his crew on a beach in the West Indies (Bahamas, which he called San Salvador). It is painted by the american neoclassicist painter John Vanderlyn (1775-1852) . Todays stamp is a fifteen cent stamp showing the painting of Columbus. The stamp exists in three types: with grill, picture framed, with grill, picture unframed and without 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 different stamp types is between 1.500 and 12.000 $.