Unified Vietnam, Rocks in the Bay of Ha Long, July 30th, 1984, Michel Nr. 1467-1476; Ten stamps with nominals of 50xu (four stamps), 1D (two stamps), 2D, 3D, 5D and 8D were issued in perforation 12.25:11.75 and imperforate.

Here is the mint perforated set.

and here the imperforate mint set.

Here is a pair of one of the mint 50xu values on which the left stamp shows a printing flaw in the shape of a partial missing printing run.

Detailed scan of the affected area.

Registered air mail letter sent in October, 1984 from Quan 5 (Cholon) to Klewitz. The letter carries half of the perforated Ha Long Bay set plus stamps from the Chess, Union Congress and Union Conference sets for an overall postage of 51.60D. Fragment of the  green Fulda custom cachet.

Registered air mail letter sent in October, 1984 from Quan 5 (Cholon) to Klewitz. The letter carries the other half of the perforated Ha Long Bay set plus stamps from the Chess, Union Congress and Union Conference sets for an overall postage of 48.30D (the red free frank is illegible). Fragment of the  green Fulda custom cachet.

Air mail letter that features half of the imperforate Ha Long Bay set plus stamps from the Aircraft and Chess sets for an overall postage of 27.50D. Imperforate stamps on postally used cover are very rare.

Air mail letter that features the other half of the imperforate Ha Long Bay set plus stamps from the Ciconiiformes, Aircraft and Chess sets for an overall postage of 27.50D. Imperforate stamps on postally used cover are very rare.

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 January of 1985 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the Friendship set in pairs. Two of the 10D values carry the plate error of “blue dot under A of VIETNAM and 0 of 50 with extension”. The letter also carries amps from the Ha Long and Union Conference sets for an overall postage of to 49D. Green Fulds custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent on September 12th, 1985 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries a iced currency franking of stamps denominated in Old and New Dong. The Reunification stamps were devalued by 1,000:1 on March 1st, 1959 and hence were worth only 30xu at the time of mailing. The other stamps from the Ha Long, Friendship and Radio Station stamps were already in new Dong (193.12D). So the overall postage of the letter amounted to 207.12D (including the red free frank for 13.7D). Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent as a mixed currency franking in November of 1985 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries a large number of Friendship stamps, some of which carry the plate errors featured above. The letter also carries stamps from the Ha Long, Harmful Insects, Provisional Overprints, Prehistoric Animal and Friendship Contract set for an overall postage of 312 Old Dong (worth only 31.2D due to the currency devaluation on September 14th, 1985) plus the red free frank for 0.25 New Dong. The Prehistoric Animal stamps are imperforate Plate errors and imoperforate on postally used cover are very rare. Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in February of 1986 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the different color tones of the 5D value plus a 5D stamp with a printing flaw. Stamps from the Ha long and Reconstruction sets. The New Year and Ha Long stamps were denominated in old Dong. On September 14th, 1985 the Vietnamese Government conducted a currency reform in which the Dong was devalued 10:1. This means the old stamps were only worth one tenth of their face value at the time of mailing (73oD = 7.3nD). Together with the 10D Reconstruction stamp and the 10D red free frank the overall postage of the letter amounted to 27.3 nD. Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in July of 1985 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries stamps from the Hai-Phong Liberation, Ha Long, Lenin, Friendship and Hanoi Liberation sets for an overall postage of 377.50D (including the red free frank for 330D). Fragment of green Fulda custom cachet on the reverse.

Registered air mail letter sent in February of 1986 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the  2D and 5D Hai Phong Liberation stamps that show some of the errors and plate errors detailed above (rock fall from bridge, light print, passer-shift, missing contrails) plus stamps from the Ha Long and Laos sets.  Plate errors  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. This was true for all stamps on the cover other than the stamps from the Laos set. The overall postage hence amounted to 32.5 oD = 3.25 nD. plus the red free frank for 16 nD plus stamps in new currency  4nD for a total of 23.25 nD Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in December of 1987 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the perforated Motorcycles souvenir-sheet plus stamps from the October Revolution, Prehistoric Animals, Animals and Plants, Ha Long plus some other stamps. The Ha Long set is imperforate. Souvenir-Sheets and imperforate stamps on postally used cove 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 Animals and Plant, Prehistoric Animals, Motorcycles and Ha Long stamps were still denominated in old Dong. The overall postage hence amounted to 52.50 oD = 5.25 nD. plus the red free frank for 111 nD plus stamps in new Dong 155 nD for a total of 271.25 nD. Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front. There is a Montreal transit cancel on the reverse. The letter must have been routed through Canada by mistake.

Registered air mail letter sent in December of 1987 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the other half of the perforated Motorcycles set plus stamps from the Ha Long (imperforate), Animals and Plants and October Revolution sets.  All stamps, other than the October Revolution stamps 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 20 oD = 2.0 nD. plus the red free frank for 111 nD plus stamps in new Dong 105 nD for a total of 218 nD. Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front. There is a Montreal transit cancel on the reverse. The letter must have been routed through Canada by mistake. The letter arrived in Germany on January 22nd 1988.

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.

Registration Nr. 103690

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