VERY FINE. A RARE AND OUTSTANDING COMBINATION OF THE EMPIRE PARISH MISSISSIPPI RIVER PACKET BOAT HANDSTAMP AND THE NEW ORLEANS PROVISIONAL HANDSTAMP.
This cover was posted on the Steamer Empire Parish with a U.S. half-dime attached with a red wax seal. The boat captain or purser removed the coin and struck the "STEAMER EMPIRE PARISH" oval and wrote "5 cts. paid" over the spot where the coin had been attached. On arrival at New Orleans it was handstamped with the "PD 5 CTS/N.O.P.O." marking over the same spot.
Accompanied by 1860 half-dime to represent what may have been included with the cover to pay postage in New Orleans. Ex Dr. Brandon. With 2014 P.F. certificate