Subject: The SS Adriatic
Number issued: not known
Printer: National Bank Note Co.
Scott #: 128
Earliest known use: 1875
$2,400 - $3,500
No postmark with gum (MH)
$1,500 - $4,500
Full perfect gum, no postmark
no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH)
The earliest known date of use, March 20th, 1880
The stamp paid the paid the double-weight rate for letters going to Great Britain
The vignette used the existing National Bank Note engraving of the SS Adriatic which was derived from the picture directly above. In 1856 the SS Adriatic was the fastest wooden paddle liner at the time.
The only surviving block of #128