Unified Vietnam, 100. Birthday of Ernst Thälmann, April 16th, 1986, Michel Nr. 1680; Ernst Thälmann was a German politician who was the leader of the Communist Party in 1925 but put into a concentration camp by the Nazis where he was murdered in August of 1944.

Here is the mint stamp.

This stamp was not officially released imperforate however some imperforate trial proofs have come to market. Here is a mint imperforate block of four.

Mint imperforate block of four with a printing error which also shows an additional upside-down print of the black printing run. There is also a print on the back that shows the stamp with an upside-down additional print of the red printing run.

Front

Reverse

Imperforate mint block of four which also shows a printing error of an addition upside down red printing run.

Local letter sent within Ho Chi Minh City which carries a perforated, an imperforate and an imperforate trial proof with a printing error (upside-down red printing run). Imperforate and error stamps on postally used cover are very rare.

Registered air mail letter mailed as a mixed currency franking in September of 1986 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz.  The letter carries a block of four of the Thälmann stamp plus stamps from the Halley’s, Reconstruction and Mushroom sets. The Mushroom set was still denominated in old Dong, while all other stamps were already denominated in new 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  6 oD =0.60 nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (32D)  for 32.6nD. Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz in January of 1987. The letter carries the United Nation stamp in different color variations and stamps from the Thaelmann, Red Cross, Traditional Houses and Bronzes sets that were already denominated in new Dong. The stamp from the Ho Chi Minh Birthday set were still 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  4 oD =0.40 nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (38D) plus the red free frank for 185D for 223.4 nD. Fragment of green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in November of 1986 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries a mix of stamps denominated in old Dong (Peoples Army) and new Dong (Labor Day, Traditional Houses, Thälmann). Souvenir-sheets 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  10 oD =1 nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (33D) for 34 nD. Fragment of green Fulda custom cachet on the reverse.

Registered air mail letter sent in November of 1986 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the entire perforated Traditional Houses set plus some Thälmann stamps for an overall postage of 33D. Green Fulda custom cachet on the reverse.

Registered air mail letter sent in November of 1986 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the Traditional House souvenir-sheet, some perforated Traditional Houses stamps plus some Thälmann and Reconstruction stamps for an overall postage of 32D. Souvenir-Sheets on postally used cover are very rare. Green Fulda custom cachet on the reverse.

Registered air mail letter sent in April of 1987 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries stamps that were still denominated in old Dong (Union Congress, Asean Games) and new Dong (Birds, Thälmann, Reconstruction, Dam Building).  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  3 oD =0.30 nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (61 nD) and the red free frank for 279 nD for 360.3 nD. Fragment of green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in April of 1988 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries perforated stamps from the Flowering Cacti set and the souvenir-sheet plus stamps from the Thälmann (imperforate), Insects (imperforate), Cham Culture, Paracel & Spratley Islands,Postal Union, Peace Movement and Soviet Peace Treaty sets for an overall postage of 1,465D. Imperforate stamps on postally used cover are very rare. Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in June of 1989 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries half of the imperforate Snake set plus stamps from the  Children Drawings, Cambodian National Day, the 1986 military free frank and Thälmann sets for an overall postage of 10,392D (including the red free frank for 9,645D). Imperforate stamps on postally used cover are very rare. Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in March of 1989 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries perforated stamps and souvenir-sheet of the Animals set plus stamps from the Ton Du’c Thang (imperforate), Hydro Stations, Red Cross, Thälmann, Inter Parlamentarian Union and INDIA Stamp Exhibition sets for an overall postage of 6,672D (including the red free frank for 2,100D). Imperforate stamps and souvenir-sheets on postally used cover are very rare. Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registration Nr. 104050

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