North Vietnam, Lunar New Year, January 16th, 1962, Michel Nr. 194-195; Two stamps were issued with the nominals of 12 xu and 40 xu. The 12 xu value covered the standard domestic letter rate. It is not known what the 40 xu value was for. The issue is subject to some tonality which is caused by how much printing color was guided to the plate during the printing process. Here is the official Xunhasaba stamp bulletin that was released upon the issuance of the set.

Here is a pair of mint 12 xu stamps. The left stamp shows a lighter color.

This is a pair of the 40 xu stamps. Again, the left stamp is of lighter shade than the right one.

Mint blocks of four:


Rare single franking of the 12xu stamp on a letter sent to the Soviet Union in 1963. Moscow airport cachet on front. Moscow arrival cancel on the reverse.

Mixed franking with a complete set sent registered to Klewitz on the First Day of Issuance (January 16th, 1962). The letter was franked with 73 xu which was insufficient for a registered letter to West Germany (1.10 Dong). However, the clever sender wrote “CHDC Duc” at the bottom of the address which stood for “East Germany”. The standard letter rate to a fellow socialist country was only 12 xu plus the 60 international registration fee amounted to a required postage of 72 xu. The con was never noticed by the post office.

Mixed franking of the 30xu Traffic Minister issue together with the 40xu Lunar Calendar and 4xu Agricultural Products series for an overall postage of 74xu. Patriotic cover. Since the standard letter tariff to France in 1966 amounted to 50xu this letter must have been heavier than the standard 20g.

Air mail letter sent from Hanoi to France featuring a mixed franking of the 30xu Bird value, the 40xu Lunar Calendar and 4xu Agricultural Products stamps for an overall franking of 74xu.

Mixed currency franking of the 40xu Lunar Year issue and the 10xu Pagoda series with the 1,000D Illiteracy Campaign that was still denominated in Old Dong. The stamp had been devalued by 1,000:1 so was only worth 1 New Dong at the time of mailing. The overall postage amounted to 1.50D. The letter contained the full philatelic program of North Vietnam for the year 1964.

Rare specimen/printed matter mailing from Xunhasaba in November of 1964 to a Western country (the address label has fallen off) featuring two of the 50D Southern Resistance stamps in Old Dong and two newer stamps in New Dong (including the 40xu Lunar New Year stamp). The old stamps had been devalued by 1,000:1 on Marc 1st, 1959, so they were only worth 10xu in 1964. The overall postage of this mixed currency franking amounted to 70xu.

Rare registered letter using three of the 12xu GANEFO stamps plus other NVN stamps (including the 40xu Lunar Calendar stamp) for an overall postage of 1.57D addressed to an editor of a newspaper called “The People” in East Germany. Given that the standard letter postage to East Germany was only 12xu and the registration fee 60xu this letter must have been heavier than the standard 20g.

Colorful mixed franking on a rare registered letter made up of three of the 12xu Democratic Republic stamps, two of the 40xu Lunar Calendar stamps, three Five Year Plan stamps of both sets and three of the 30xu GANEFO Games stamps for an overall postage of 2.78D. The letter was sent from Hanoi to a newspaper editor in East Germany in May of 1964.

Very rare registered express mail letter sent to Klewitz in May of 1975. The letter features two of the 12 xu value of the the set plus a number of im-perforated stamps of the fish set. Im-perforated stamps on postally used cover are very rare. The overall postage on the letter amounted to 2.60 Dong which is above the Tariff of 2.10 Dong, but th heavier may have been heavier than the standard 20 grams.

Rare printed letter mailing sent by Xunhasaba to Hamburg, West Germany. West Germany was a pretty rare destination  in the mid 1960’s. The letter features a mixed franking made up of the 30xu Traffic Minister, the 40xu Moon Calendar and there 4 xu aggricultural plant series for a total postage of 74xu.

A similar mailing, gain by Xunhasaba, also mailed to Hamburg Germany. This time the 30xu Wostok 5 stamp was used instead of the Traffic Minister stamp.

Rare registered express mail letter sent to Klewitz in May of 1975 featuring a late usage of the 40 xu stamps plus a host of other NVN stamps. Overall postage of 2.90 Dong.

Mixed franking from July, 1966 on what looks like a man mailing from Hanoi to Munich, West Germany. The letter carries the 50xu Space Conquest stamp plus other NVN stamps for an overall postage of 1.94D.

Registration Nr. 100670

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