This stamp has a strange history. I originally
bought it 8 years ago in Charleston, South Carolina for my U.S.
Classics Collection. I moved to New Orleans six years ago and
began collecting First Day Covers and Postal History. At this
time I sold off my Classics Collection including the stamp above
to a local dealer. When I added Rhode Island Postal History to
my collecting interests last year, I went looking for another
Providence Postmaster's Provisional. Imagine my surprise, when I
found out the dealer still had the very same stamp I sold him 5
years ago in his stock, so an old friend is once again back in
The 1898 reprints of 10X1 and 10X2 were made
from the same plates as the original stamps. They were printed
on two types of paper; a Rhode Island variety and a New York
The stamps were engraved on a copper plate
containing 12 stamps. Each plate contained eleven 5c stamps and
one 10c stamp in the upper right hand corner. They were engraved
directly on the plate, thus each stamp position differs slightly
from the others. There is no period after "CENTS"
on the 10 cent issue and positions 4, 5, 6, 9, 11 and 12 of the
5c issue. The stamps are worth more used than in mint condition.
The Reprints were made in 1898. Most of the
reprints have a letter on the back; either B, O, G, E, R, T, D,
U, R, I, or N. Some of the reprints did not receive the letters
on the reverse. My stamp above did not have the lettering on the
There were several facsimile (fake) prints of
these stamps, the most famous being the Geneva facsimiles. The
printing on the facsimiles is generally courser and they were
sold with cancellations strategically covering the obvious
defects. The Facsimile stamp issues also tended to have heavy
borders on all four sides. The originals and the 1898 reprints
have heavy borders only on the right and bottom edges as can be
seen from the example above.