Unified Vietnam, 10. Anniversary of the Liberation of South Vietnam, April 30th, 1985, Michel Nr. 1554-1558, Block 33; Four stamps with nominals of 1D, 2D, 4D, 5D and one souvenir-sheet with a 10D nominal were issued in perforation 12.5 and imperforate.

Here is the mint set. The stamps sold at the postal counter in Vietnam were issued without gum while the stamp that were sent out by the agency to dealers and collectors were issued with gum.

Mint blocks of four of the stamps

Here is the imperforate set

Mint block of four of the 2D value  on which the top right stamp shows the plate error of “yellow dot between dates”.

Detailed scan of the affected area

Mint block of four of the 4D value on which the top left stamp shows the plate error of  “yellow circle on the flag”.

Detailed scan of the affected area

Mint block of four of the 5D value on which on which the top left stamp shows the plate error of ” yellow dot on the flag”.

Detailed scan of the affected area

Mint block of four on which the bottom left stamp shows the plate error of “grey spot on girls dress”.

Detailed scan of the affected area

First Day Covers

Registered air mail letter sent in May of 1985 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the entire Liberation of South Vietnam stamp set plus stamps from the Friendship and Communist Party set for an overall postage of 80.9D (including the red free frank for 26D). One of the 10D Friendship stamps shows the plate error of “crane on dock”. Error stamps on postally used cover are very rare. Green Fold custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in May of 1985 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the entire Liberation of South Vietnam stamps and the souvenir-sheet. There are also stamps from the Friendship, Orchids and Harmful Insects sets for an overall postage of 70.5D (including the red free frank for 14D). One of the 10D Friendship stamps shows a production error. Error stamps and souvenir-sheets on postally used letter are very rare. Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in May of 1985 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the Liberation of South Vietnam set plus stamps from the Total Liberation, Peoples Army, Harmful Insects, Friendship and Union Congress sets for an overall postage of 70.66 (including the red free frank for 29D). Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet.

Registered air mail letter sent in June of 1985 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries pairs of the Liberation of South Vietnam set plus stamps from the Dien Bien Phu, Ha long and Reforestation sets for an overall postage of 251.9D (including the red free frank for 185.3D). The top 2D Liberation of South Vietnam stamp shows the plate error of “yellow dot in flag”. Error stamps on postally used cover are very rare. Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in June of 1985 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries two blocks of four of the Liberation of South Vietnam stamp set plus stamps from the Winter Olympics and Dahlia sets for an overall postage of 243.60D. Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet. One of the 4D Liberation stamps shows the plate error of “yellow circle on flag”. Error stamps on postally used letter are very rare.

Registered air mail letter sent in June of 1985 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries two blocks of four of the Liberation of South Vietnam stamp set plus stamps from the Winter Olympics, Dahlia and Dien Bien Phu sets for an overall postage of 242.90D. Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet. The Winter Olympics stamp shows the plate error of “red dot on flag”. Error stamps on postally used letter are very rare.

Registered air mail letter sent in July of 1985 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the Liberation of South Vietnam stamp set and perforated souvenir-sheet plus stamps from the Peace Meeting, World Food Year and Liberation of Hao Phong sets for an overall postage of 243D (including the red free frank for 170D). Souvenir-Sheets on postally used cover are very rare. Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet.

Registered air mail letter sent in September of 1985 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the Liberation of South Vietnam stamp set and imperforate souvenir-sheet plus stamps from the Friendship, Birds and Liberation of Hao Phong sets for an overall postage of 243.9D (including the red free frank for 179D). Souvenir-Sheets on postally used cover are very rare. Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet.

Registered air mail letter sent in October of 1985 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the stamp set and souvenir sheet for the Liberation of South Vietnam set plus stamps from the Fish and Liberation of Hanoi sets for an overall postage of 216.50D (including the red free frank for 27D). Souvenir-sheets on postally used cover are very rare. Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Air mail letter sent in February of 1986 from Tan Binh to Klewitz. The letter carries the entire imperforate and some perforated stamps of the Liberation of South Vietnam set for an overall postage of 32D. Imperforate stamps on postally used cover are very rare.

Registered air mail letter sent on September 28th, 1985 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the imperforate souvenir-sheets of the HCM Birthday and Union Conference sets plus stamps from the Youth Festival, World Food Year, Reforestation and Bird sets. The Birds stamps are imperforate and the top left Union Conference stamp shows the plate error of “crack through building”. Souvenir-sheets and 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 (i.e. all stamps on this envelope) were only worth one tenth at the time of mailing. The overall postage hence amounted to 41.37 oD = 4.14 nD. plus the red free frank for 35 nD or 39.14 nD. Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registration Nr. 103850

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