South Vietnam, 1.Anniversary of the Establishment of the Independence Palace in Saigon, September 7th, 1955, Michel Nr. SVN 101; A single stamp with a nominal of 4P was issued in perforation 13. Based on the trial proofs that were produced for this issue it appears that postal authorities initially intended to issue a 5P stamp in a different design and were very far along in the production of these 5P stamps.

Here is the mint stamp

and here the postally used stamp

These stamps were not officially released imperforate, however a small number of imperforate trial proofs have come to market. Rare.

Below are different imperforate color proofs that were created to decide the ultimate color scheme of the 4P/5P stamp. These are very rare.

Color proof in unissued colors but of the issued design.

Color proof in unissued blue color but of the issued design.

Color proof of an unissued design (blue body and light green feathers)

Color proof of an unissued design (dark green body and dark green feathers, brown-red mouth and claws)

Color proof of an unissued design (dark green body and dark green feathers, red mouth and claws)

Color proof of an unissued design (brown-red background, dark green body and blue feathers, red mouth and claws)

Color proof of an unissued design (brown-red background, dark green body and blue feathers, brown-red mouth and claws)

Single franking of the 4P stamp on a small letter sent from Saigon in January of 1958 to France.

Single franking of the 4P stamp on a commercial letter sent from Saigon in November of 1956 to France.

Multiple franking of the 4P value (2) paying an overall postage of 8P on a registered air mail letter sent from Saigon to France in September of 1956.

Multiple franking of the 4P value (2) paying an overall postage of 8P on a registered air mail letter sent from Saigon to France in September of 1956.

Mixed franking of the 4P Independence Palace (2) together with the 20c and 30c Ngô Đình Diệm stamps paying an overall postage of 8.50P on an international air mail letter sent from Saigon to the United States in December of 1956.

Mixed franking of the 4P Independence Palace (2) together with the 50c Geneva Conference stamp paying an overall postage of 8.50P on an international air mail letter sent to the United States in January of 1956.

Registration Nr. 200110

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