HANDSTAMP PAIDS

11 - STARS ****

Known as the "Crescent" design of which there are only three recorded covers. The design reflects a local printer's attempt to keep the number of stars in the flag up-to-date.

Handstamp "PAID 5" 28 OCT 1861
Wilmington, NC to Pleasant Ridge, NC
Single rate for under 500 miles

The "5 PAID" is within the circle date stamp and represents a pre-war USA date stamp altered from "3 PAID" to "5 PAID" and used by the CSA Wilmington postmaster.

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