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What are Precancels?
Pre-cancelled stamps, or precancels, were introduced by various countries as a means of saving time, reducing costs in handling certain classes of mail and as a deterrent to theft.
This was done by allowing authorised users to affix stamps already cancelled on to bulk mail, thus avoiding a time-consuming step in processing at the post office. Pre-cancelled items had to be handed in at a post office and only the holder of the license was able to do so.