US postage stamps series of 1847

Five-cent — portrait of Franklin reproduced from a drawing by James B. Longacre, three-quarters face looking left, white neckerchief and fur collar to coat, the ground enclosure surrounded by a faintly engraved wreath of leaves, on which are the letters “U” and “S” placed in the left and right upper corners, respectively, and in each of the two lower corners a large figure “5.” On a line curved with the upper portion of the medallions are the words “Post Office”, and following the lower line of the medallion outside the inclosure the words “Five cents.” A border of fine straight lines surrounds the entire stamp. Color, light brown.

us postage stamps series of 1847

Ten-cent — portrait of Washington from Stuart’s painting, three-quarters face, looking to the right, white neckerchief and black coat, faint wreath of artificial leaves surrounding the inclosing line of the medallion and extending to the border, on which are the letters “U” and “S” in the left and right upper corners, respectively, and in each of the lower corners a large Roman numeral “X”. In a curved line around the upper and lower lines of the medallion are the words “Post office” at the top and “Ten cents” at the bottom, with a straight-line outer border, as shown on the 5-cent stamp. Color, black.