Unified Vietnam, 40. Anniversary of Elections to the National Assembly, January 6th, 1986, Michel Nr. 1654-1655; Two stamps with nominals of 50xu and 1D were issued in perforation 10.75:11.

There are two distinct color variations for both stamps. Here are pairs of the 50xu value in light-purple and dark-purple.

and here is the 1D value in light-orange and brown-orange shade

These stamps were not officially released imperforate however some imperforate trial proofs have come to market. Here is a mint block of four of the 50xu value from the bottom left margin that has a double printing of the violet color and also shows an additional print on the reverse.

Front

Reverse

Mint imperforate block of eight of the 50xu value (which also shows the black printing phase upside-down on the reverse) and the red printing phase of the Thaelmann stamp from April of 1986 (Michel Nr. 1680).

Front

Reverse

Similar error on which the Thaelmann imprint is only shown on the top two stamps.

Mint block of four of the 1D value on which the black printing phase is upside-down and shows a significant passer-shift towards the left.

Here is a similar printing error on a mint block of six of the 1D value.

Here is a pair of the 50xu value in light-purple on which the right stamp shows the plate error  of “broken accent on E of VIETNAM” (Field 10).

Detailed scan of the affected area

Pair of the 50xu value in light-purple on which the left stamp shows the plate error “purple dot on election urn” (Field 49).

Detailed scan of the affected area

Mint stamp of the 50xu value in light-purple color within a large block of 88 stamps that shows the plate error “thin top bar on 5”.

Detailed scan of the affected area

Mint stamp of the 50xu value in light-purple color within a large block of 88 stamps that shows the plate error “broken color line on HCM’s jacket”.

Detailed scan of the affected area

Mint stamp of the 50xu value in light-purple color within a large block of 88 stamps that shows the plate error “wart on girls cheek”.

Detailed scan of the affected area

Mint block of six of the 1D value in light-orange red on which the top right stamp shows the plate error of “I in CHINH with black dot” and the bottom right stamp the plate error of “flag on V of VIETNAM”.

Detailed scans of the affected areas

Mint block of four of the 1D value in light-orange color on which the top right stamp shows the plate error of “broken color line on HCM’s jacket” and the “bottom left stamp shows the plate error of “dot in E of VIETNAM”.

Detailed scan of the affected area.

Mint block of four 1D stamps in red-orange color on which the 1st, 2nd and 3rd stamp show the plate error of “weak printing of Hom Phieu”

Detailed scan of the affected area

Mint pair of the 1D value in light orange color on which the left stamp shows the plate error of “white symbol next to HCM’s head”.

Detailed scan of the affected area

Registered air mail letter sent as a mixed currency franking in April of 1986 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries a number of the 50xu National Assembly stamps and stamps from the Reconstruction and Le Lo’i sets that were already denominated in new Dong and stamps from the Women Congress and World Communication Year sets that were denominated in old Dong.  There is also a military free frank issued in 1984 that was not valid for international postage but nevertheless was accepted by the postal clerk. 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  0.62 oD =0.06 nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (27D)  plus the red free frank of 12 nD for 39.06 nD. Fragment of green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent as a mixed currency franking in June of 1986 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries multiple National Assembly sets and stamps from the Dam Construction,Reconstruction and KPdSU sets that were already denominated in new Dong and imperforate stamps from the Cactus set that were denominated in old Dong. 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 were only worth one tenth at the time of mailing. The overall postage hence amounted to  9 oD =0.90 nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (18D)  plus the red free frank of 12 nD for 30.9 nD. Fragment of green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Local letter mailed within Ho Chi Minh City and franked with an imperforate block of four of the 50xu National Assembly stamps (with a double printing of the violet color) that also shows an upside-down print run of the black color on the reverse. Imperforate and error stamps on postally used cover are very rare. 

Local letter mailed within Ho Chi Minh City and franked with an imperforate pair of the 50xu National Assembly stamps (with a double printing of the violet color) that also shows an upside-down print run of the black color on the reverse and an imperforate pair of the 1D value that shows an upside-down print of the black color and a significant passer-shift. Imperforate and error stamps on postally used cover are very rare. There is also a normal pair of the National Assembly set for an overall postage of 4.50D.

Registered air mail letter sent as a mixed currency franking in June of 1986 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries a number of the National Assembly stamps and stamps from the Reconstruction sets that were already denominated in new Dong and stamps from the Communist Party, Karl Marx and imperforate Cacti Year sets that were denominated in old Dong. 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 were only worth one tenth at the time of mailing. The overall postage hence amounted to  12.5 oD =1.25 nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (17D)  plus the red free frank of 13 nD for 31.25 nD. Fragment of green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent as a mixed currency franking in June of 1986 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries a number of the National Assembly stamps and stamps from the Reconstruction sets that were already denominated in new Dong and stamps from the Communist Party, Hai Phong Liberation and imperforate Cacti sets that were denominated in old Dong. The Communist Party stamps show various shades and a perforation error. Imperforate and error stamps on postally used cover are very rare. There is also a military free frank issued in 1983 that was not valid for international postage but nevertheless was accepted by the postal clerk. 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  16.2 oD =1.62 nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (16D)  plus the red free frank of 17 nD for 34.62 nD. Fragment of green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent as a mixed currency franking in February of 1986 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the 50xu National Assembly stamp and stamps from the Laos sets that were already denominated in new Dong and stamps from the Hai Phong Liberation, Hanoi Liberation, Peace Meeting and Community Party sets that were denominated in old Dong. The Peace Meeting stamps are attached in different sizes and there are two different color tones of the 1D Laos stamp. 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  28 oD =2.8 nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (11.5D)  plus the red free frank of 10 nD for 24.3 nD. Fragment of green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in July of 1986 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries multiple sets of the National Assembly stamps plus stamps from the Halley, Musical Instruments, Reconstruction, Dam Construction and United Nation sets for an overall postage of 34D.The zero money red free frank was required to produce the R-label that came out of the same machine. Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in October of 1986 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries half of the perforated Space Flight set plus stamps from the Labor Day, United Nations, KPdSU, Traditional Houses and World Food Day sets. The World Food Day stamps were still denominated in old Dong. 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  4 oD =0.40 nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (33D)  for 33.4 nD. Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in June 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 (Communist Party, Cacti, Liberation of Hai Phong, National Liberation Front) and new Dong (National Assembly Labor Day). The two National Assembly stamps on the reverse both shows the plate error of “broken jacket line on HCM#s left side. Error 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 were only worth one tenth at the time of mailing. The overall postage hence amounted to  17.12 oD =1.71 nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (7D) plus the red free frank for 24D for 32.71 nD. Fragment of green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter mailed in June of 1986 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries four of the Dam Building stamps of which one on the reverse has the plate error of “dot on H of CHINH”. There are also stamps from the National Assembly and Reconstruction sets for an overall postage of 29 Dong. Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in June of 1986 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries stamps that were still denominated in old Dong (Cacti (imperforate), Socialist Republic) and new Dong (Dam Building, National Assembly, Reconstruction). There is also the military free frank from 1984 that was not valid for international postage but apparently was accepted by the postal clerk nevertheless. 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 were only worth one tenth at the time of mailing. The overall postage hence amounted to  8.62 oD =0.86 nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (21 nD) plus the red free frank for 17 nD for 38.86 nD. Fragment of green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in June of 1986 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries stamps that were still denominated in old Dong (Socialist Republic, Union Congress, Cacti (imperforate), Karl Marx) and new Dong (National Assembly, Reconstruction, Dam Building, Halley).  Imperforate stamps on postally used cover are very rare. There is also a Invalid free frank issued in 1984 that was not valid for international postage but apparently was nevertheless accepted by the postal clerk. 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  3.56 oD =0.36 nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (27 nD) plus the red free frank for 11 nD for 38.36 nD. Fragment of green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registration Nr. 103980

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