Second  Period Eastbound: August 15, 1860 - April 14, 1861
Central Overland Pony Express frank
The Central Overland Pony Express Company (COPEC) was a subsidiary of The Central Overland California & Pikes Peak Express Company. It presumably operated the Pony Express. 

COPEC frank indicates $2.50 Express fee paid at a way station along the Pony Express route
September 15 trip from San Francisco arrived in St. Joseph on September 26 per COCPP marking
10 U.S. transcontinental postage paid - sent in U.S. mails from St. Joseph to Utica, NY
 

Fewer than ten letters with COPEC franks are known
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Richard Frajola, May 2006