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.