North Vietnam, 2. Solidarity Conference of the World Union Association, Jun 2nd, 1965, Michel Nr. 366-368; Three stamps all with a nominal of 12 xu were released perforated 11.0.

Here is the mint set:

Mint set in blocks of four:

The stamps were not inentionally released im-perforated but a handful of im-perforated trial proofs have come to market. Rare!

Here is an im-perforated proof on the left from the left margin. Note the darker colors as compared to the issued stamp (on the right for comparison)

Here is a very rare pair of im-perforated trial proofs (ex Klewitz) which show a different frame color as the finally issued stamps.

This is an im-perforated trial proof pair printed on magazine news print that was previously used. Waste paper was often used for trials in order to save on raw material. Note the print that is on the back of the stamps.Back of the stamps

Rare single franking of the violet 12 xu stamp on a letter to Budapest, Hungary, paying the correct triff at the time.

Letter with the complete set in pairs sent one day after the First Day of Issuance to Klewitz in West Germany. The cover also is an interesting mixed currency franking of old and new Dong and a mixed franking of service stamps (Mot Cot Pagoda issue) and regular stamps. It is not quite clear how the sender obtained the service stamp as their distribution was limited to Government Bodies, foreign embassies and NGO’s (like the Red Cross for example). The 200 Dong in pre March 1959 stamps were devalued 1,000:1 which meant that in 1965 thew were worth 20 xu. The overall franking hence amounted to 1.12 Dong which is just a whisker above the required tariff of 1.10 Dong for a standard registered letter to Western Europe.

Mixed franking of the 50xu Geneva Agreement value together with the 12xu Anniversary of the Revolution stamp and the 12xu World Union stamp for an overall postage of 74xu on an air mail letter to Paris, France.

Registration Nr. 101080

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