Unified Vietnam, 120. Birthday of Rabindrahnat Tagore, September 20th, 1982, Michel Nr. 1257; Rabindrahnat was an Indian poet and philosopher that won the Nobel Peace Price in 1913 as he advocated the peaceful balance between Set and West. A single stamp with a 30 xu nominal and perforation of 11 was issued.
The stamp exist on white and tanned paper. Below are both specimens:
This stamp was not officially issued im-perforated, however, a very small number of im-perfroated trial proofs have come to market. Below is a very rare im-perforated block of four that is missing the black printing run. The upper two stamps also are missing the light brown color and just shows the underlying grey. Note that both bottom stamps show the plate error of “vertical line in T short” also later appeared on the finished sheet (Fields 1 and 2).
Detailed scans of the affected areas
Field 67 “upper right corner retouched”
Field 68 “star on left partially missing” and “D in Rabrindahnat broken”
Mint strip of six stamps that shows the re-occuring plate error on Fields 1 and 2 “vertical line of T in VIETNAM short”. This error was later retouched and is hence only present on a partial printing of the issue.
Mint block of eighteen stamps from the top left portion of the sheet and from a later printing. Note that the plate error on Field 1 and 2 “vertical line of T in VIETNAM short” has now been retouched. The block shows a number of re-occuring plate errors (some already described above).
Field 11 “A in Rabindrahnat short and dark brown square below”
Field 12 ““upper right corner is missing”
Field 16 “upper part of R in Rabindrahnat open”
The third row of the block also shows a small perforation error in the form of missing perforation holes throughout the entire row. Here is a detailed scan of one of those areas:
Registered letter sent from Quan 5 to Klewitz in September of 1984. Th letter features nine of the Rabindrahnat stamps. The top left stamp shows the plate error “A in Rabindrahnat short and dark brown square below”. Error stamps on postally used cover are very rare. The overall postage of the letter amounted to 49 Dong. Green Fulda custom cachet on front.
Registered letter setoff rom Quan 5 to Klewitz in September of 1984. The letter features a block of four of the Rabindrahnat stamps plus other NVN stamps for an overall postage of 46.24 Dong. Green Fulda custom cachet on front.
Registered letter sent in February of 1985 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter features half of the perforated Protected Animals set, Karl Marx stamps in different color shades, Tagore and Vietnamese Union Conference stamps for an overall postage of 27.60D (including the red free frank for 90xu). Fragment of the the green Fulda custom cachet on front.
Registration Nr. 103270