Unified Vietnam, 30th Anniversary of the Battle at Dien Bien Phu, May 7th, 1984, Michel Nr. 1444-1451, Block 27; Seven stamps with nominals of 50xu (two stamps) 1D, 2D, 3D, 5D and 8D as well as a souvenir-sheet with a 10D nominal were issued in perforation 12.5 and imperforate. The perforated stamps were issued without gum while the imperfroate stamps were issued with gum.

Here is the mint perforated set.

Here is the mint perforated souvenir-sheet in the normal color and produced with gum. It features the Vietnamese battle map developed by General Giap as well as HCM meeting with Giap and senior advisors.

There is a color variety on which the base color is light blue-green. It is though to be a second printing and was produced without gum.

Here is the imperforate souvenir-sheet

Registered air mail letter sent in November of 1984 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries parts of the perforated Dien Bien Phu set, two military free franks with the Dien Bien PHu theme, Vietnamese Union Conference and Asian Games stamps for an overall postage of 51.14D (including the red free frank for 30D). The military free franks were not valid for international postage but the postal clerk obviously did not object to their use. Partial green Fulda custom cachet.

Registered air mail letter sent in November of 1984 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the other parts of the perforated Dien Bien Phu set, two military free franks with the Dien Bien PHu theme, Vietnamese Union Conference and Women Congress stamps for an overall postage of 51.48D. The military free franks were not valid for international postage but the postal clerk obviously did not object to their use. Partial green Fulda custom cachet.

Registered air mail letter sent in December of 1984 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the entire perforated Dien Bien Phu stamp set plus the perforated souvenir-sheet. There is also a souvenir-sheet of the Flowering Tree set and Union Conference stamps for an overall postage of 89D (including the red free frank for 34D). Fulda arrival cancel on the reverse.

Registered air mail letter sent in December of 1984 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the entire perforated Dien Bien Phu stamp set plus the perforated souvenir-sheet in the light-blue-green color (2nd printing). There are also Lenin stamps, Vietnamese Painting and Orchid stamps plus two imperforate Dahlia stamps for an overall postage of 378.10D (including the red free frank for 297.6D). Fulda custom cachet on the reverse.

Very rare air mail letter sent in May of 1985 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter features half of the imperforate Dien Bien Phu stamps, an imperforate Artist as well as imperforate Soccer stamps for an overall postage of 29.52D. Imperforate stamps on postally used cover are very rare.

Very rare air mail letter sent in May of 1985 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter features the other half of the imperforate Dien Bien Phu stamps, an imperforate Artist as well as imperforate Soccer stamps for an overall postage of 29.32D. Imperforate stamps on postally used cover are very rare.

Registered air mail letter sent in July of 1985 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the imperforate souvenir-sheet and the complete perforated Dien Bien Phu, Bulgaria and Vietnamese Painters set for an overall postage of 373.60D. Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in May of 1985 from Vuon Xai (small post office) to Klewitz. The letter carries a number of the Friendship, Karl Marx, Union Congress and Diewn Bien Phu sets for an overall postage of 72D. The Friendship stamps show a number of the plate errors demonstrated above. The Karl Marx stamp is represented in two paper varieties. Garment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Air mail letter sent in February of 1985 from Quan 5 (Cholon) to Klewitz. The letter carries half of the imperforate Historic Automobiles set plus stamps from the Dien Bien Phu and Union Conference sets for an overall postage of 29.12D. Imperforate stamps on postally used cover are very rare.

Registered air mail letter sent in May of 1985 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries pairs of the Border Troop set plus stamps from the Union Congress and Dien Bien Phu sets for an overall postage of 71.5D. Fragment of green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in April of 1985 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the imperforate Peoples Army souvenir-sheet plus perforated stamps from the same set,  Hanoi Liberation, Dien Bien Phu and Union Congress stamps for an overall postage of 85D (Including the red free frank for 23D). Souvenir-Sheet and error stamps on postally used cover are very rare. Fragment of the 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 other half of the Animals and Plants set plus stamps from the Prehistoric Animals, Lenin, Union Congress and Dien Bien Phu sets for an overall postage of 80D (including the red free frank for 15D). The Union Congress stamp shows a double printing of the black color. Error stamps on postally used cover are very rare. Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet.

Registered air mail letter sent as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz in October of 1986. The letter carries the United Nation stamp in different color variations and stamps from the Traditional Houses and Halley sets that were already denominated in new Dong. The stamps from the Dien Bien Phu set were still in old Dong. There are also two of the military free frank issued in 1984 that was not valid for international postage but apparently got accepted by the postal clerk nevertheless. 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  8.5 oD =0.85 nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (23D) plus the red free frank for 6D for 29.85 nD. Fragment of green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registration Nr. 103640

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