Unified Vietnam, Traditional Musical Instruments, December 5th, 1985, Michel Nr. 1643-1649; Seven stamps in nominals of 1D (two stamps), 2D (two stamps), 3D, 4D and 6D were issued perforated 12.5:12 and imperforate.

Here is the mint perforated set

and the mint imperforate set

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 entire perforated Musical Instrument set plus stamps from the Laos, Peoples Army, WW II, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia Friendship and Hai Phong Liberation sets. The pair of 4D WW II stamps are imperforate. Imperforate stamps on postally used cover are very rare. The Musical Instrument and Laos set was already denominated in new Dong while the other stamps were 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 12.12oD =1.21 nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (20D)  for 21.21 nD. Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Air mail letter sent in February of 1986 as a mixed currency franking from Quan 5 to Klewitz. The letter carries the entire imperforate Musical Instrument set plus stamps from the Winter Olympic, Peace Meeting and Reconstruction sets.  Imperforate stamps on postally used cover are very rare. The Musical Instrument and Reconstruction stamps were already denominated in new Dong while the other stamps were 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 27.5oD =2.75 nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (39D)  for 41.75 nD.

Registered air mail letter sent as a mixed currency franking in March of 1986 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter features stamps from the Halley, Musical Instrument, Reconstruction and Le Lo’i sets that were already denominated in new Dong. The Dinosaur and Bird stamps are 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 4.6 oD =0.46 nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (41D)  for 41.46 nD. The zero money red free frank was required to produce the R-label as it came out of the same machine. Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Air mail letter sent in May of 1985 from Tan Binh to Klewitz as a mixed currency franking. The imperforate Halley and Musical Instrument stamps were already denominated in new Dong while the Vietnamese Painters stamp were denominated in old currency. The right 5D Halley stamp shows the plate error of “red dot above comet”. Imperforate and error 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 16.8 oD =1.68 nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (33D)  for 34.68 nD.

Registered air mail letter sent in July of 1986 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries multiple sets of the National Assembly stamps plus stamps from the Halley, Musical Instruments, Reconstruction, Dam Construction and United Nation sets for an overall postage of 34D.The zero money red free frank was required to produce the R-label that came out of the same machine. Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent on the first day issuance February 25th of 1986 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The Union Congress stamps on the reverse were still denominated in old Dong while the stamps from the KPdSU, Reconstruction and Musical Instrument sets on the cover are 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 (23D) plus the illegible red free frank. Fragment of green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in March of 1987 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries stamps that were still denominated in old Dong (Provisional Overprints) and new Dong (Airplanes, Poultry (Imperforate), Reconstruction, Musical Instruments (imperforate)). The Provisional Overprint stamps show a double vertical perforation strikeImperforate and error 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 (78 nD) plus the red free frank for 292 nD for 370.2 nD. Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in March of 1987 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries stamps that were still denominated in old Dong (Provisional Overprints) and new Dong (Airplanes, Poultry (Imperforate), Reconstruction, Musical Instruments (imperforate) and Communist Party). The Provisional Overprint stamps show a double vertical perforation strikeImperforate and error 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 (52 nD) plus the red free frank for 278 nD for 330.2 nD. Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in March of 1987 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries stamps stamps from the Bird, Traditional Instruments, Communist Party, Reconstruction, Bronze Vessels and Indochina War sets for an overall postage of 338D (including the red free frank for 270D). Two of the Traditional Instrument stamps are imperforate. Imperforate stamps on postally used cover are very rare. Fragment of green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in March of 1987 from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries stamps stamps from the Bird (including the souvenir-sheet), Traditional Instruments, Reconstruction, Labor Day and Indochina War sets for an overall postage of 331D (including the red free frank for 280D). Two of the Traditional Instrument stamps are imperforate. Imperforate stamps and souvenir-sheets on postally used cover are very rare. Fragment of green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in April of 1987 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries the imperforate Year of the Cat stamp plus stamps from the Chinese New Year, Union Congress, Poultry, Traditional Instruments (imperforate), Peace Meeting and Reconstruction sets. Imperforate stamps on postally used cover are very rare. The Chinese New Year and Peace Meeting 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 18 oD =1.80 nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (52 nD) plus the red free frank for 276 nD for 329.8 nD. 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 to Klewitz. This letter represents a very unusual mixture of three different currencies. The August Revolution stamps issued in 1958 were devalued by 1,000:1 on March 1st, 1959 and then again by 10:1 on September 14th, 1985. So at the time of mailing they were worth only 0.045 nD. The stamps issued prior to the September, 1985 devaluation (August Revolution 1985, 35 Years Independence and Peace Meeting) were devalued by 10:1 so only worth 3.16 nD. Finally the stamps issued after September 14th (Musical Instruments, Reconstruction and Laos) were worth their full value of 20 nD. The overall postage hence amounted to 23.2 nD. Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in June of 1986 as a mixed currency franking from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz. The letter carries perforated and imperforate Interior Ministry stamps plus stamps from the Provisional Overprints, Musical Instruments, Dam Building and National Assembly sets. Imperforate stamps on postally used cover are very rare. The Interior Ministry and Provisional Overprint 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 81 oD =  8.1 nD. plus the stamps in new Dong (21 nD) plus the red free frank for 9 nD for 38.1 nD. Fragment of the green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registration Nr. 103960

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