Unified Vietnam, Asian Games 1982 New Delhi, October 10th, 1983, Michel Nr. 1369-1370; Two stamps with nominals of 30xu and 1Dong were issued in perforation 10.75. The stamps show both color and paper variations.
Here is the mint 30xu stamp on white paper
Here is the mint 30xu stamp on grey paper
Here is the 1 Dong value in dark-ochre color and printed on white paper
Here is the 1 Dong value in light-ochre color and printed on yellowish paper.
In 1984 Klewitz reports that the 1D value was re-printed in red-brown and on thick softer white paper. Here is a a mint block of twelve of the 1984 printing.
These stamps were not officially released imperforate however a small number of imperforate trial proofs have come to market. Here are both imperforate stamps.
Here are two rare presentation sheetlets (10.7×15.5cm) that feature both stamps with printers guidance marks. Note the different ochre color of the 1 Dong sheetlet.
Mint 30xu stamp that was printed with a dirty printing plate.
Mint 1 Dong stamp in light-ochre color that shows a plate error of “slanted line under BUU”.
Detailed scan of the affected area.
Mint pair of two 1 Dong stamps in red-brown color on yellowish paper that shows the plate error “dots above N and under M of VIETNAM”.
Detailed scan of the affected area.
Mint block of four 1 Dong stamps in light-ochre color that shows two printing flaws.
Detailed scan of the affected areas.
Registered air mail letter sent from Quan 5 to Klewitz in October of 1984. The letter features the Asian Games set multiple times. Two of the 30xu values are printing errors that were printed on a dirty plate. Error stamps are very rare on postally used cover. The 1D value is represented in two color variations. The overall postage of the letter amounted to 38.80D (including the red free frank for 1.40D). Partial green FUlda custom cachet on front.
Registered air mail letter sent from Tan Dinh to Klewitz in November 1984. The letter carries all three color variations of the 1 Dong value and two 30xu stamps printed on a dirty printing plate. Errors stamps on postally used cove are very rare. The overall postage of the letter amounted to 50.90D. Partial green Fulda custom cachet on front.
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 featuring both color variations of the imperforate Union Congress souvenir-sheets. The letter also carries two color variations of the 1D Asia Games stamp. Souvenir-sheets and error stamps on postally used cover are very rare. The letter was mailed in January of 1986 as a mixed currency franking. On September 14th, 1985 the Vietnamese Government devalued the Dong by 10:1. This meant that stamps issued prior to tha date were only worth one tenth of their face value at the time of mailing (40.7 Old Dong = 4.07 New Dong). Stamps issued after the davaluation date as well as the red free frank amounted to 34 New Dong for an overall postage of 38.07ND.
Registered air mail letter sent in May of 1987 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries a mix of stamps denominated in old Dong (Asean Games) and new Dong (Laos, Cats, National Assembly, World Cup). The two Asian Games stamps on the reverse both shows the two major color variations of this stamp. The World Cup stamps are imperforate. 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 2 oD =0.20 nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (83D) plus the red free frank for 290D for 373.20 nD.
Registration Nr. 103490