South Vietnam, Buildings, September 7th, 1958, Michel Nr. SVN 172-179; Eight stamps in nominals of 10c, 30c, 40c, 50c, 2D, 4D, 5D and 6D were issued in perforation 13.5. Michel reports that the 40c and 5D value were issued on February 16th, 1959, the 30c and 4D value on  May 15th, 1959 and the 10c and 6D value on December 25th, 1958.

Here is the mint set

and here the postally used set

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

The stamps were produced by Thomas de La Rue as is documented by the imprint at the bottom sheet margin of these two imperforate stamps.

Enpreuves de Luxe

Part of the production process for stamps included the production of a small number of sunken die proofs. These were used to ensure the final appearance of a stamp met the expectations of the postal administration. These are generally rare. Here is the 3D sunken die proof of the un-issued 3D value in violet color.

Here is a similar sunken die proof but this time in two colors (dark green/brown)

Sunken die proof of the unissued 3D value in black color signed by the stamp’s designer.

First Day Cover of the 40c and 5D value

Mixed franking of the 50c UNESCO stamp together with stamps from the Landscapes, Buildings and 4 Years Republic sets paying an overall postage of 1.70D on an international letter sent from Vinh Long to France in March of 1960.

Mixed franking of the 30c (2) and 5D (2) value together with the 1D Anti Malaria Fight stamp paying an overall postage of 11.60D on an international air mail letter sent from Saigon to France in September of 1962.

Rare multiple frankings of the 40c value (2) paying an overall postage of 0.80D on a printed matter mailing sent by a philatelic company to the United States and the Netherlands respectively. Both letters are from June of 1963.  This also shows that the printed matter tariff to the U.S. and Europe were identical.

Mixed franking of the 50c and 2D values (4) paying an overall postage of 8.50D on an international air mail letter sent from Saigon to the United States in December of 1960.

Mixed franking of the 1D “4 Years Republic” stamps (8) together with the 50c Buildings stamp paying an overall postage of 8.50D on an international air mail letter sent from Saigon to the United States in December, 1959. Partial Saigon machine transit cancel on the reverse.

Mixed franking of the 4D Ral Line value (2) together with the 50c Buildings stamp paying an overall postage of 8.50D on an international letter sent from Saigon to the United States in January of 1960. Saigon machine transit cancel on the reverse.

Single franking of the 2D value on a domestic letter from June of 1960. Red propaganda cachet on front. Chi Be and Saigon transit cancel on the reverse.

Single franking of the 2D value on a domestic letter sent from Saigon to Hue in October of 1960. Hue arrival cancel on the reverse.

Rare single franking of the 2D value on an international surface letter sent from Saigon to West Germany in November of 1960.

Single franking of the 4D value on a domestic letter sent within Saigon in June of 1968. Cholon machine arrival cancel on the reverse.

Mixed franking of the 1D Land Reform value (2) together with stamps from the Development of Agriculture and Beach of Ha Tien sets paying an overall postage of 6.50D on an international air mail letter sent from Saigon to Portugal in December of 1961.

Mixed franking of the 4D Buldings and 50c Sister Tru’ng stamps paying an overall postage of 4.50D on a local letter sent from Saigon to Singapore in June of 1959. Red first flight cachet that advertises a new flight from Saigon to Djakarta by Pan American Airlines.

Very rare tag that was attached to a large film reel that was sent in March of 1959 by a film crew and by surface mail (ship) from Saigon to Technicolor in the United States (presumably for developing the reel) . U.S. custom cachet on front. The editor has never seen another one.

Multiple franking of the 5D value (2) paying an overall postage of 10D on an international air mail letter sent from Kontun to the United States in September of 1959.

Are single franking of the 6D value on registered domestic letter sent from Phan Thiet to Saigon in March of 1959.

Mixed franking of the 20D Patriot value together with the 6D Buildings and 8D Labor Day sets paying an overall postage of 54D on a rare international express air mail letter sent in August of 1967 from Saigon to West Germany. Munich arrival cancel on the reverse.

Registration Nr. 200260

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