North Vietnam, Launch of the first ballistic Missile of the Peoples Republic of China, July 25th, 1967, Michel Nr. 483-484; The successful launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile marked the beginning of China’s Super Power status and hence was celebrated by friendly North Vietnam. Two values in the nominals of 12 bus and 30 xu were issued in perforation 11.0.

This is the mint perforated set.

Mint blocks of four perforated.

These stamps were not officially released imperforate however, a very small number of imperforate trial proofs have come to market. Here are two of them.

Here is a mint block of four of the 12 xu value. It shows a plate error on the bottom right stamp in the shape of an additional star.

Here is a close up of the plate error:

A printing error is know on the 12 xu value. On this mint pair the yellow print run is entirely missing. Rare.

Here is mint block of four of the 30 xu value:

Very rare local letter featuring the 12 xu stamp sent to a member of the North Vietnamese Armed Forces (as can be seen from the Hom Thu number in the address line). Most local letters were destroyed in the multi-decadal war, destroyed by the tropical climate or by recycling due to raw material shortages.

Rare multiple franking of the 30xu value paying a 60xu tariff on a homemade letter directed to Set Germany in January of 1979.

Rare express mail letter featuring the entire set on a letter to Klewitz in January of 1968. The overall postage amounted to 1.10 Dong which was slightly above the required standard express mail letter toWest Germany (1.00 Dong). Fulda arrival cancel o the reverse.

Mixed franking on a letter sent to Budapest, Hungary including the 12 xu Ballistioc Missile stamp for an overall postage of 36xu. Since the standard letter rate to Hungary was only 12xu this is an indication that the letter was of the 3rd weight level.

Mixed franking of a pair of the 1xu NLF stamp together with the 10xu Pagoda stamp, the 30xu Ballistic Rocket and 50xu Geneva Convention stamp for an overall postage of 92xu. The letter was sent by the Vietnamese National Library to the National Library of East Germany in August of 1970.

Registration Nr. 101460

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