Unified Vietnam, 40. Anniversary of the End of World War II, June 5th, 1985, Michel Nr. 1562-1565; Four stamps in nominals of 1D, 2D, 4D and 5D were issued in perforation 12.25 and imperforate. Michel reports that the stamps were only issued perforated but the Vietnamese Postage Stamp Catalogue states otherwise so the editor will go with the Vietnamese information. The souvenir sheet was only released perforated (13:13.25)

Here is the mint perforated set

and the mint perforated souvenir-sheet (it was not issued imperforate). Note that the green inscription carries an error. The German word for peace “Frieden” is misspelled but this is true for all issued souvenir-sheets.

Here is the imperforate set in pairs

There is also a darker shade known of the 1D value

Registered air mail letter sent in August of 1985 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter features the perforated Youth Festival set plus stamps from the Dahlia, Friendship, Lenin and Liberation of Hai Phong sets. There is also a pair of the rare 12xu Lotus stamp with post master perforation. The Dahlia stamps are imperforate. Post master perforations and imperforate stamps on postally used cover are very rare. The overall postage of the letter amounted to 218.24D (including the red free frank for 163D). Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in August of 1985 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the Youth Festival souvenir-sheet  plus stamps from the Friendship, Lenin and 5 Year Plan sets for an overall postage of 229.62 (including the red free frank for 180D). Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Air mail letter sent in December of 1985from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the perforated Youth Festival set plus the two color versions of the imperforate 1D stamp. There are also stamps from the Prehistoric Animals (imperforate), Ha Long, Friendship Treaty, Union Congress and Communist Party sets for an overall postage of 124D (the red free frank is illegible). The Communist Party stamps show the plate error “broken V in VIETNAM”. Errors stamps and imperforate stamps on postally used cover are very rare. Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in October of 1985 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the perforated Youth Festival set plus stamps from the End of WW2, Bulgaria, August Revolution and Women Congress sets. There is also a 12 xu Lotus stamp with Post Master Perforation. The Vietnamese Government conducted a devaluation of the Dong on September 14th, 1985. This meant that all stamps issued prior to this date were only worth one tenth at the time of mailing. The overall postage hence amounted to 53.16 oD = 5.31 nD. plus the red free frank for 17.6 nD or 22.91 nD. Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent as a mixed currency franking in December of 1985 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter which features the Laos set (already denominated in new Dong) plus stamps from the Friendship Treaty, II. World War, Union Congress and Communist Party sets (all denominated in old Dong). The Communist Party stamps all show different color variations plus a mis-perforated stamp. The Vietnamese Government conducted a devaluation of the Dong on September 14th, 1985. This meant that all stamps issued prior to this date were only worth one tenth at the time of mailing. The overall postage hence amounted to 120.5 oD =12.05 nD. plus the Laos stamps (2D) and the red free frank  for 9 nD or 23.05 nD. Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent as a mixed currency franking in December of 1985. The letter carries the Laos set (denominated in new Dong) and stamps from the Friendship Treaty, HCM Birthday, II. World War, Communist Party and Hanoi Liberation sets (denominated in old Dong). The Vietnamese Government conducted a devaluation of the Dong on September 14th, 1985. This meant that all stamps issued prior to this date were only worth one tenth at the time of mailing. The overall postage hence amounted to 208 oD =20.8 nD. plus stamps new Dong 2D and the red free frank  for 9 nD or 31.8 nD. Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front. There are also two of the military free frank issued in 1981 which was technically not valid for international postage but appears to have been accepted by the postal clerk nevertheless.

Registered air mail letter sent as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz in February of 1986. The letter contained stamps denominated in old Dong such as the Hanoi Liberation, Hai Phong Liberation, WW II and Independence stamps and stamps from the Laos, Reconstruction and Music Instrument sets denominated in new Dong. The 1D stamp are featured in both major color variations. The two WW II stamps are imperforate. Imperforate stamps on postally used cover are very rare. The Vietnamese Government conducted a devaluation of the Dong on September 14th, 1985. This meant that all stamps issued prior to this date were only worth one tenth at the time of mailing. The overall postage hence amounted to 11.62oD =1.16nD. plus stamps in new Dong (22D) and the red free frank  for 7 nD or 30.16 nD. Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz in February of 1986. The letter contained stamps denominated in old Dong such as the Hanoi Liberation, WW II, Asian Games and Independence stamps and stamps from the Laos, Reconstruction, National Assembly and Music Instrument sets denominated in new Dong. The 1D Laos stamps are featured in the rare orange base color. The single WW II stamp is imperforate. Imperforate stamps on postally used cover are very rare. The Vietnamese Government conducted a devaluation of the Dong on September 14th, 1985. This meant that all stamps issued prior to this date were only worth one tenth at the time of mailing. The overall postage hence amounted to 5.12oD =0.51nD. plus stamps in new Dong (22.5D) and the red free frank  for 6 nD or 29.01 nD. Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in February of 1986 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the entire perforated Musical Instrument set plus stamps from the Laos, Peoples Army, WW II, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia Friendship and Hai Phong Liberation sets. The pair of 4D WW II stamps are imperforate. Imperforate stamps on postally used cover are very rare. The Musical Instrument and Laos set was already denominated in new Dong while the other stamps were denominated in old Dong. The Vietnamese Government conducted a devaluation of the Dong on September 14th, 1985. This meant that all stamps issued prior to this date were only worth one tenth at the time of mailing. The overall postage hence amounted to 12.12oD =1.21 nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (20D)  for 21.21 nD. Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registration Nr. 103890

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