All 5-cent Jefferson issues produced by National Bank Note Company while under federal contract have the same design but were printed in different ink colors. In fact, the 5-cent Jefferson is the only stamp to go through so many official color changes. The 1861 issue had been released in a buff color, a radical change from the darker hues (red brown, brown, etc.) of the 1851-1861 Issue. In 1862, when NBNCo printed its 5-cent Jefferson stamp in a red brown ink, it reverted to the color type of the Toppan, Carpenter issues. By 1863 the stamp had gone through yet another color change, back to brown.
The 5-cent Jefferson typically paid the single-weight rate to France in combination with a 10-cent or two more 5-cent stamps. It could also have been used in combination with other denominations to fulfill larger weight and foreign destination rates. National Bank Note Company printed approximately 1,000,000 red brown stamps and 6,500,000 brown stamps for the 1862 and 1863 issues of the 5-cent Jefferson.