Unified Vietnam, Sea Animals, July 30th, 1985, Michel Nr. 1593-1599; Seven stamps with nominals of 3D (four stamps) and 4D (three stamps) were issued in perforation 12 and imperforate. Stamps sold in Vietnam at the post office were issued without gum while the stamps sold by the official stamp agency were issued with gum.

Here is the mint perforated set.

and here is the mint imperforate set in pairs.

Mint block of four of the 4D value that shows a perforation error the was caused by a paper fold during the printing process.

Registered air mail letter sent in October of 1985 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the entire perforated Sea Animals plus stamps from the Friendship Treaty, Hanoi Liberation and August Revolution sets. All stamps on this envelope 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 147.2 oD =14.72 nD. plus the red free frank for 8.2 nD for a total of 22.92 nD. Fragment of the green Fuda custom cachet on front.

Air mail letter sent in December of 1985 from HO Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the entire imperforate Sea Animals set plus stamps from the Vietnamese Painters, Hai Phong Liberation and Communist Party sets. There is also a 12 xu Lotus stamp with the rare post master perforation. Imperforate stamps and stamps with post master perforation are very rare on postally used cover. All stamps on this letter 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 56.12 oD =5.61 nD.

Registered air mail letter sent in October 15th, 1988 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. Note that the date of the free frank December 15th is wrong as documented by the hand cancel. The letter carries the perforated Turtle souvenir-sheet (agency type with gum) plus stamps from the Ocean Creatures and  Union Congress. The Sea Creature 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  59 oD = 5.9 nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (230 nD)  and the red free frank for 4,780D for 5,015.9 nD.

Registered express air mail letter sent in October of 1988 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the Union Congress set plus stamps from the Red Cross (including one imperforate), Fish (imperforate), Ocean Creatures, Roses, Le’ Lo’i (imperforate) sets.  Imperforate stamps on postally used cover are very rare.  The Ocean Creature 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  9 oD = 0.90 nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (386 nD)  and the red free frank for 4,691D for 5,077.9 nD.

Registered air mail letter sent in November of 1988 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the perforated  and imperforate Hydro Station stamps plus stamps from the Ocean Creatures, Cacti (imperforate), Roses (imperforate) and Mutual Economic Aid sets. Imperforate stamps on postally used cover are very rare. The Sea Creatures set was still denominated in old Dong, while all 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  12 oD = 1.2 nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (5,360 nD)  and the red free frank for 1,950D for 7,311.2nD. Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registration Nr. 103920

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