Unified Vietnam, Bamboo Lanterns, March 1st, 2004, Michel Nr. 3320-3322; A new definitive series was inaugurated with three stamps in nominals of 400D, 1,000D and 7,000D. The stamps were perforated 13.25 and carried a security punch opening at top and bottom. This was done to prevent people from counterfeiting the stamps.
Here is the mint set in blocks of four from the top sheet margin
Michel reports that the stamp with the 400D nominal also exists with the year “2005” inscribed at the bottom.
Mixed franking of the Bamboo Lanterns set together with stamps from the 100 Years Nobel Price, International Stamp Exhibition ESPANA, Dien Bien Phu and Liberation of South Vietnam sets. The letter also carries a military free frank that was not valid for international postage but was accepted by the postal clerk nevertheless. The 0.600kg imperforate Official Rice stamp from 1954 was technically still valid for postage but was improperly used on this private mail so was clearly philatelically motivated.
Mixed franking of the Bamboo Lanterns set together with stamps from the World Non-Smoker sets paying an overall postage of 52,000D on a registered international air mail letter sent from Quan 4 to Klewiitz in March of 2004.
Mixed franking of the 100. Birthday of Tran Phu stamp together with stamps from the Bamboo Lampoon, 50th DEat Anniversary of Nam Cao, 100th Birthday of Chau Van Liem, 95th Birthday of Ngo Gia Tu’, Chinese New Year “Year of the Goat, Tay Nguyen, Olympic Summer Games Athens and International Stamp Exhibition Singapore sets paying an overall postage of 31,000D on a registered international air mail letter sent rom Saigon to Klewitz in September of 2004.
Registration Nr. 108280