Unified Vietnam, 5 Years of Cooperation Agreement with the Soviet Union, November 7th, 1983, Michel Nr. 1383-1386; Four stamps were issued in nominals of 20xu, 50xu, 4 D and 20D and in perforation 10.75:11.

Here is the mint set

The 4 Dong value was reprinted (probably in 1987) in a grey vs. the grey-black color tone. It also differs in the paper as it is printed on thin paper. Here are books of four of the first and second printing.

These stamps were not officially released imperforate however a small number of imperforate trial proofs have come to market. Here are imperforated proofs of the entire set from the top left sheet margin.

Here are the three print phases of the 4 Dong value. Note that the finished stamp carries a plate error of “black dot to the left of th circle”.

Mint block of four of the 20xu value on which the top left stamp shows the plate error “scar on lower arm of man on the right”.

Detailed scan of the affected area.

Mint block of four whose position straddles the left half and the right half of the sheet. The left stamp is normal while the right stamp shows the plate error of “H in HUU broken”. According to Klewitz this error was the result of replicating a defective cliche’.

Detailed scan of the affected area.

Mint pair of which the left stamp show the plate error of “vertical line in circle”.

Detailed scan of the affected area.

Mint block of four of the 4D value on which the top right stamp shows the plate error of “dot next to rock” and the bottom left stamp the plate error of “dot to the right of truck”.

Detailed scans of the affected areas.

Mint 4 D stamp that shows the plate error of additional large dot in circles”.

Detailed scan of the affected area.

Mint 4D stamp that shows the plate error of “Wart in girls face”.

Detailed scan of the affected area.

Registered air mail letter sent in December of 1983 from Nguyen Trai to Klewitz. The letter carries the entire set plus other contemporary NVN stamps for an overall, postage of 57.68D. Green Fulda custom cachet in front.

Registered air mail letter sent in October of 1988 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The red cancel shows the erroneous date of October 15th, 1983 while the red free frank in front shows the correct date of December 15th, 1988. The letter carries both printings of the 4D value and a number of the Fish set values from 1988. The overall postage of the letter amounted to 5,232.70D.

Registered air mail letter sent in October of 1988 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the second printing of the 4D value in grey and four imperfroate values of the 1987 Mushroom set. Imperforate stamps on postally used cover are very rare. The overall postage of the letter amounted to 5,184 Dong (including the red free frank for 3,870D).

Registered air mail letter sent in March of 1985 from HO Chi Minh City to Klewitz. Th letter carries six of the reprinted 50xu Peace Meeting stamp in darker colors. The pair on the right shows a significant passer-shift of the turquoise color downwards. There are also some Hymenoptera and Cooperation with the Soviet Union stamps for an overall postage of 35 Dong. Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

 

Registration Nr. 103530

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