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Stamp Identification:
The 1847 Issue and Reproductions

by John F. Dunn

This study is based in part on information in our United States Reference Manual. See the page 6 for information on the Manual. The 1847 5¢:

The following description for the 5¢ stamp is taken from United States Postage Stamps, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1970:

A portrait of (Benjamin) Franklin from a drawing by James B. Longacre [see photo below], three-quarters face looking left, white neckerchief and fur collar to coat, the ground enclosure surrounded by a faintly engraved wreath of …

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