The Stanley Cup (the National Hockey League's premiere prize Cup) has a rich history. To date, there have been three cups in existence. The original Stanley Cup came about in 1892.
It was presented to the winning amateur hockey team in Canada by Sir Frederick Arthur, Lord Stanley of Preston. It was nick-named the "Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup" and was utilized from it's inception in 1892 to 1970 when it was placed in the Vault Room at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Canada.
The Cup stopped circulating in 1963, when the National Hockey League president, Clarence Campbell, believed the Cup had become too brittle to continue being handed out as the trophy.
He sanctioned a new Stanley Cup, nick-named the "Presentation Cup", and it is what is continued to be presented to this day. The way to tell if it's the true Cup is by the Hockey Hall