Unified Vietnam, 8. National Assembly, April 12th, 1987, Michel Nr. 1783-1786; Four stamps in nominals of 10D, 20D, 30D and 50D were issued in perforation 11. These high nominal values were urgently needed as inflation rates had reached 450% in 1986 and 380% in 1987 and so existing stamp nominals, especially for foreign mail or letters with additional services (Registration, Express Mail) could not easily be paid with them any longer. The use of free frank machines was essential during that time.

Here is the mint set in pairs

These stamps were not officially released imperforate however a very small number of imperforate trial proofs have come to market. Here are exceedingly rare imperforate pairs that were executed in slightly different colors as the final issued stamps and with black and white flags within the design (insteadcof the red flags on the final designs). 

Detailed scan of a sample black and white flag within the stamp design

There are also imperforate trial proofs that represent the final stamp design and colors. These are more common than the ones shown above but still rather hard to find.

Mint pair of the 20D value on which both stamps show the plate error of “nearly completely closed 4 in 1945”.

Detailed scan of the affected area

Very significant passer-shift of the black color downwards on the 50D value

Registered air mail letter sent in May of 1988 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the perforated and imperforate National Assembly stamp set plus stamps from the Friendship, Cactus, Traditional Minorities and Red Cross sets. Imperforate stamps on postally used cover are very rare. The Friendship stamps were 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 3.50 oD =0.35 nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (265 nD) plus the red free frank for 1317 nD for 1,582.35nD. Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in June of 1987 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the perforated National Assembly stamp set plus stamps from the Communist Party, WW II, Dimitroff, Bonsai, Rare Plants and Day of the Environment sets. The Communist Party,WW II and Dimitroff stamps were 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 7.90 oD =0.79 nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (196 nD) plus the red free frank for 177 nD for 373.79nD. Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Air mail letter sent in June of 1987 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the entire National Assembly imperforate trial proof set without the red flag in the stamp design and stamps from the Reforestation and Dam Building sets for an overall postage of 116.30D. Trial proofs on postally used cover are basically unheard of. Extremely rare.

Registered air mail letter sent in June of 1987 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the perforated National Assembly stamp set plus stamps from the Contract with the USSR, Defense and production, Rabrindanath and  Worker Militia sets. The Worker Militia, Rabrindanath, USSR and production and Defense stamps were 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 22.20 oD =2.22 nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (160 nD) plus the red free frank for 223 nD for 385.22nD.

Registered air mail letter sent in July of 1987 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the entire perforated National Assembly stamp set plus stamps from the Traditional Houses, Birds, Year of the Cat and Bonsai sets for an overall postage of 363D (including the red free frank for 227 D). Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in July of 1987 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries three of the perforated National Assembly stamp set plus stamps from the Traditional Houses (Imperforate), Communist Party,  Bonsai, Labor Day and Rare Plants sets for an overall postage of 383D (including the red free frank for 272 D). Imperforate 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 1987 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries stamps from the perforated National Assembly stamp set plus stamps from the Production and Defense, August Revolution, Year of the Cat, October Revolution and Union Congress sets. The Union Congress, October Revolution and Defense and Production stamps were 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 2.80 oD =0.28nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (129 nD) plus the red free frank for 252 nD for 381.28 nD.

Registered air mail letter sent in June of 1988 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries stamps from the Parrots (including the souvenir-sheet), Bonsai (imperforate), National Assembly, Ha Long Bay (imperforate) and Paracel and Spratly Islands sets. Souvenir-Sheets and imperforate stamps on postally used cover are very rare. The Ha Long Bay stamps were 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  1 oD =0.10 nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (334 nD) plus the red free frank for 1,119 nD for1,453.1nD. Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in August of 1988 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries perforated and imperforate stamps from the Parrot set plus stamps from the Off-shore Oil Production, National Assembly, Newspaper Problems of Peace and Socialism and HAFNIA Airplanes  (imperforate) for an overall postage of 3,650D (including the red free frank for 2,400D). Imperforate stamps on postally used cover are very rare. Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front. Fulda arrival cancel on the reverse.

Registered air mail letter sent in November of 1988 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the Ton Du’c Thang stamps in pairs perforated and imperforate in the different color variations plus stamps from the National Assembly and Tourism sets for an overall postage of 5,340D (including the red free frank for 4,5300D). Imperforate stamps o postally used cover are very rare.  Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent February of 1989 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries perforated stamps from the Locomotives set plus stamps from the National Assembly,  Communist Party, Hydro Stations, Cambodian National Day, Newspaper and Parrot (imperforate) sets for an overall postage of 6,552D (including the red free frank for 3,720D). Imperforate stamps on postally used cover are very rare.

Registered air mail letter sent February of 1989 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries perforated stamps from the Locomotives set plus stamps from the National Assembly, Hydro Stations, Newspaper, Ton Du’c Thang and Ocean Fish sets. The Ocean Fish stamps were 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 1.04 oD = 0.10 nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (3,490 nD) plus the red free frank for 3,720 nD for 7,210.1nD.

Registration Nr. 104250

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