Below is an example of a Handstamp Provisional. There is a distinct difference between a Handstamp Paid and a Handstamp Provisional. In order to be classified as a "Provisional," proof must exist either in the form of a known unused copy or written documentation such as a letter from the postmaster confirming that the particular postal marking was prepared in advance for sale and not just handstamped at the post office at the time of mailing.

10 - STARS **** (Provisional Usage)

Handstamp Provisional "PAID 5" 3 JUL 1861
Raleigh NC to Bridge Water NC
Single rate for under 500 miles

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