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1910 Ponape Provisional Overprint

On 2 July 1910, the East Asian Cruiser Squadron and two auxiliary vessels unexpectedly arrived at Ponape, remaining there until 7 July.

S.M.S. Scharnhorst, Armored Cruiser

S.M.S. Leipzig, Light Cruiser

S.M.S. Nürnberg, Light Cruiser

During that short period, Ponape’s supply of 5- and 10-Pfennig stamps was exhausted.

To fill the void, the Ponape postal administrator used a variety of provisionals, including unaltered German Germania issues, Karolinen 3-pfennig Yachts surcharged “5 Pf.” (MiNr. 7 Pv), and Karolinen 20-pfennig Yachts bisected vertically (MiNr. 10 H).

A total of 500 “5 Pf” overprints were produced. These issues were only used for one day, 12 July 1910.

To confirm the official origin of the handstamp surcharges, the post-July 1909 Ponape seal (“Karolinen” longer than “Ponape”) was also affixed.

This copy of MiNr. 7 Pv features an inverted handstamped surcharge (MiNr. 7 Pv K).

Set Date(s)

12 July 1910

Watermark(s)

None

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1910 Ponape Provisional Overprint

On 2 July 1910, the East Asian Cruiser Squadron and two auxiliary vessels unexpectedly arrived at Ponape, remaining there until 7 July.

S.M.S. Scharnhorst, Armored Cruiser

S.M.S. Leipzig, Light Cruiser

S.M.S. Nürnberg, Light Cruiser

During that short period, Ponape’s supply of 5- and 10-Pfennig stamps was exhausted.

To fill the void, the Ponape postal administrator used a variety of provisionals, including unaltered German Germania issues, Karolinen 3-pfennig Yachts surcharged “5 Pf.” (MiNr. 7 Pv), and Karolinen 20-pfennig Yachts bisected vertically (MiNr. 10 H).

A total of 500 “5 Pf” overprints were produced. These issues were only used for one day, 12 July 1910.

To confirm the official origin of the handstamp surcharges, the post-July 1909 Ponape seal (“Karolinen” longer than “Ponape”) was also affixed.

This copy of MiNr. 7 Pv features an inverted handstamped surcharge (MiNr. 7 Pv K).

Set Date(s)

12 July 1910

Watermark(s)

None

Album Page(s)

Certificate(s)