Feb / May 1900 Jaluit Provisional

In November 1899, the post office in Jaluit placed an order for 2,000 each of the 3 Pf (MiNr 1 I) and 5 Pf (MiNr 3 I) Marschall-Inseln overprints.  These stamps were prepared for shipment from Berlin on 12-13 February 1900, and arrived in Jaluit in April 1900.

Prior to the arrival of these stamps, however, the Jaluit post office ran out of 5 pf stamps.  To remedy the shortage, 10 Pf stamps were bisected for use as 5 Pf provisionals.