South Vietnam, Land Reform, December 11th, 1961, Michel Nr. SVN 258-261; Four stamps in nominals of 50c, 1D, 2D and 10D ere issued in perforation 13.
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. Here is the imperforate set in pairs.
Enpreuves de Luxe; “Atelier de Production des Timbres-Poste, Paris” inscribed at bottom right.
Color Trials; prior to authorizing the final printing run for stamps the Vietnamese Postal Authority requested a few sheets of color sheets on one particular value of a set in order to decide which final color combination would be best suited for each stamp within the set. The color sheets had the size of a standard sheet but contained alternating color options on the designated nominal value. While these sheets were only intended for internal postal use some of them came to market. Virtually all of these complete sheets were cut apart. So one mostly finds single color proofs or small strips of them. While they are actually very rare one can still obtain them for under $10 a piece (with some exceptions) as not many collectors appear to have an interest in them so far. Here are various color trials for the 2.00D value.
Unusual monochrome color version on which all 2D color trials were identical on the same sheet. Usually colors would be alternated.
Mixed franking of the 50c Land Reform stamps (7) together with the 3D Election of Ngô Đình Diệm stamp paying an overall postage of 6.50D on an international air mail letter sent from Qui Hon to France in April of 1961.
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 1D Land Reform stamp together with the 4D Air Mail stamp paying an overall postage of 5D on a domestic letter (full contents preserved) sent by a member of the military (KBC 4420/2d, 3d and 4th Battalions) to a civilian in Phuoc Tuy in July of 1962. The postage was insufficient and hence a black “T” hand stamp was applied on front indicating that additional postage was due upon delivery.
Unusual use of the 2D Land Reform value as a replacement revenue stamp on a water supply contract from February of 1967. Apparently no 2D revenue stamp was on hand to legally certify the contract, so the Government office used a postage stamp to add to the D30 revenue stamp paying a fee of overall 32D. The editor has never seen a similar usage.
Mixed franking of the entire Madonna set together with stamps from the Railroad Line, Defense Against Malaria, Children’s Day and Land Reform sets paying an overall postage of 18.80D on a registered air mail letter sent from Tam-Ky to West Germany in July of 1962. Illegible transit cancels on the reverse.
Mixed franking of the 10D Land Reform stamps (2) plus the 7D Nuclear Energy paying an overall postage of 27D on an international air mail letter sent from Saigon to West Germany in December of 1966. Red special cachet for the hospital ship “Helgoland” in front.
Mixed franking of the 10D Land Reform stamp together with the 7D University Education stamp paying an overall postage of 17D on an international air mail letter sent from Saigon to France in May of 1967.
Mixed franking of the 10D Land Reform value together with the 3D Beach of Ha Tien stamp paying an overall postage of 13D and sent from Saigon to the United States in March of 1965.
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