Unified Vietnam, International Stamp Exhibition Argentina 85, July 5th, 1985, Michel Nr. 1580-1587, Block 38; Seven stamps in nominals of 1D (two stamps), 2D (two stamps), 3D, 4D and 6D were issued in perforation 12.25-12.5 and imperforate. There was also a souvenir-sheet with a 10D nominal that was issued in perforation 13 and imperforate. Stamps and souvenir-sheets sold in Vietnam were issued without gum while the set sold at the exhibition and by the stamp agency was issued gummed.

Here is the mint set. Note that the souvenir-sheet come sin different sizes which vary anywhere from 9.6-10.0cm in width and 7.7-9.0cm in height. The larger format is rarer.

Here is the mint imperforate set

Here are presentation sheetlets that feature the imperforate stamp set and the souvenir sheet on three separate presentation sheetlets (with printers guide marks). These sheetlets were produced for the final sign-off by the postal administration and are very rare. Note that the size of the souvenir-sheet here is 10.0×9.0 cm and that of the sheetlets 11.6×15.0cm.

First Day Covers (souvenir-sheet size 9.8×7.9cm)

Registered air mail letter sent in November of 1985 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter caries half of the perforated Stamp Exhibition set plus stamps from the HCM Birthday (Imperforate), Hanoi Liberation, Fish, Peace Meeting, Provisional Overprint and Communist Party sets.   All stamps on this cover were denominated still in old 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 65.12oD =6.51 nD. plus the red free frank  for 16.9 nD or 23.41nD. Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in November of 1985 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter caries half of the perforated Stamp Exhibition set plus stamps from the HCM Birthday (Imperforate), Friendship Treaty , Harmful Insects (Imperforate), Peace Meeting and Union Congress sets. Imperforate stamps on postally used cover are very rare. All stamps on this cover were denominated still in old 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 208 oD =20.8 nD. plus the red free frank  for 2.5 nD or 23.3 nD. Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Air mail letter sent in November of 1986 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the entire imperforate Stamp Exhibition set plus the imperforate 10D Reconstruction value for an overall postage of 29 o.D. 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 29 oD =2.9 nD.

Registered air mail letter sent in June of 1988 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter caries the perforated souvenir-sheet (Format: 9.6×8.0cm)  plus imperforate stamps from the Ha Long. Both issues were still 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 28.5 oD =2.85 nD. plus the red free frank for 1,337 nD plus stamps in new Dong 135 for a total of 1,474.84 nD. Fragment of the green Fuda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in November of 1985 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the perforated souvenir-sheets of the Argentina Stamp Exhibition (9.6×7.9 cm) and HCM Birthday, plus stamps from the HCM Birthday (Imperforate), Orchids, Harmful Insects, Peace Meeting and Hanoi Liberation sets. Souvenir-Sheets and imperforate stamps on postally used cover are very rare. All stamps on the cover are still denominated in old 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 288.54 oD =28.85 nD. plus the red free frank for 17.6 nD plus for a total of 46.45 nD. Fragment of the green Fuda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter with a late use of the imperforate Argentina Stamp Exhibition stamp set sent as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City (note the old name Saigon on the R-label) to Klewitz in August of 2003. The letter also carries some imperforate Monkey stamps from 2002. Imperforate stamps on postally used cover are very rare. While the Stamp Exhibit stamps were still denominated in old Dong the Monkey, Space Shuttle and the Fasan stamps were already 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 19 oD =1.90 nD. plus the stamps in new Dong for 43,000 nD  for a total of 43,001.90 nD. German R-letter tracking label on the reverse.

Registered air mail letter sent in October of 1987 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the World Cup souvenir-sheet plus stamps from the Argentina Stamp Exhibition, National Games, Roses, Indochina-War (imperforate) and Traditional Clothing sets. Souvenir-Sheets and imperforate stamps on postally used cover are very rare. The Argentina Stamp Exhibition, National Games and Rose stamps were still denominated in old Dong while all the other stamps were 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  34.02 oD =3.40nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (113D) plus the red free frank for 455D for 571.40 nD. Green Fulda custom cachet on the reverse.

Registered air mail letter sent in April of 1987 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries stamps and souvenir-sheets that were still denominated in old Dong (August Revolution, Argentina Stamp Exhibition, Youth Festival) and new Dong (Birds, Reconstruction, Bronze Vessels, Communist Party). Souvenir-sheets 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  41 oD =4.10nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (180 nD) and the red free frank for412 nD for 596.1 nD. Fragment of green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in September of 1986 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the souvenir-sheet from the August Revolution set in the two color variations (one sheet with “secret mark”) plus stamps from the Hayley, Reconstruction, ARGENTINIA Stamp Exhibition, KPdSU and Soccer World Cup MEXICI sets. All stamps, except the ARGENTINIA Stamp Exhibition and August Revolution stamps were denominated in new Dong while the other stamps were still denominated in old 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 35 oD =3.5 nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (62.5 nD) for 66 nD. Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in October of 1987 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the perforated German Railway souvenir-sheet plus stamps from the ARGENTINIA Stamp Exhibition, and Cham Culture sets. Souvenir-Sheets on postally used cover are very rare. The ARGENTINIA stamps  were still denominated in old Dong while the 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 October 13th were only worth one tenth at the time of mailing. The overall postage hence amounted to 19 oD = 1.9 nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (63 nD) plus the red free frank for 487 nD for 551.9 nD. Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registration Nr. 103905

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