|Cat. # 1
5¢ 1847 Postage Stamp – Proof on India
|Cat. # 3
1875 Reproduction of the 5¢ 1847 – Card Proof
There are many ways to tell Cat. # 1, the 1847 stamp, from Cat. # 3, the 1875 reproduction, but the simplest way is
The engravers initials "RWHE" are much clearer on the original than on the reproduction. In this instance a proof of Cat. # number 1 was used for illustration, note that the issued stamps rarely have this level of detail.
The reproduction is slightly shorter and wider than the original and the reproductions often have a rich red brown color. Number 1 is collected in a variety of colors, ranging from red brown and even a bright red orange to a dark blackish brown.
Finally, the reproduction was never valid for postage and one would expect to see most examples without cancellation. In the truest sense, Cat. # #3 was never a postage stamp, never valid for postage and of course not even an 1847 stamp, it just looks a lot like number one.