Unified Vietnam, Bonsai Trees, December 10th, 1986, Michel Nr. 1743-1750, Block 50; Seven stamps with nominals of 1D (two stamps), 2D, 3D (two stamps) and 5D (two stamps) were issued in perforation 12:12.5 and imperforate. The souvenir-sheet was only issued perforated 12.5:12.

Here is the mint perforated set

A slightly darker version of the souvenir-sheet is thought to be a second printing.

Here is the imperforate stamp set

Registered air mail letter sent in November of 1987 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the entire perforated Bonsai set (including the souvenir-sheet) plus stamps from the 5 Billion People and Postal Union sets for an overall postage of 569D (including the red free frank for 489D). Souvenir-Sheet on postally used cover are very rare. Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in April of 1987 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries stamps from the perforated Bonsai set plus stamps from the Traditional Houses, Reconstruction and Indochina War sets for an  overall postage of 330 D (including the red free frank for 250D).  Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in April of 1987 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries stamps from the perforated Bonsai set (including the souvenir-sheet) plus stamps from the Bronze Vessels, Reconstruction and Thälmann sets for an overall postage of 339D (including the red free frank for 285D). Souvenir-Sheet on postally used cover are very rare. Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Air mail letter sent in April of 1987 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klwitz. The letter carries half of the imperforate Bonsai set plus imperforate stamps from the October Revolution and Halley sets for an overall postage of 26.5D. Imperforate stamps on postally used cover are very rare.

Air mail letter sent in April of 1987 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klwitz. The letter carries the other half of the imperforate Bonsai set plus imperforate stamps from the Vietnamese Post set for an overall postage of 37D. Imperforate stamps on postally used cover are very rare.

Registered air mail letter sent in August of 1987 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries two strips of three 4D stamps (Perf. 11) in the two major color variations. The 2D stamp (Perf. 12.5) shows the variety “orange instead of yellow star” and the right 4D stamp is of Perf. 12.5. Bonsai and National Assembly stamps on the reverse. The overall postage of the letter amounted to 552D (including the red free frank for 402D). 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. On September 14th, 1985 the Vietnamese Government conducted a currency reform in which the Dong was devalued by 10:1. This means stamps issued prior to that date were only worth one tenth of their face value for mailings after the devaluation. This letter carried 11D worth of Ha Long Bay stamps in old Dong (= 1.10 New Dong) plus stamps of 77.80D in new Dong (including the red free frank for 32.80 New Dong). So, the overall postage of the letter amounted to 78.90 New Dong. Partial 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.

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 June of 1988 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries stamps from the Parrots, Railroads (souvenir-sheet), Bonsai (imperforate), National Assembly, Party Decisions and Friendship sets. Souvenir-Sheets and 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  2 oD =0.20 nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (158 nD) plus the red free frank for 1,309 nD for1,467.2nD. Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registration Nr. 104180

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