North Vietnam, National Saving Campaign, August 21st, 1961, Michel Nr. 172-173; Two stamps in the nominals of 2 xu (700,000 stamps) and 12 xu (1,500,000 stamps) were issued in perforation 11:0. Here is the official Xunhasaba stamp bulletin that announces the issuance of the stamps.
Mint block of four of the set. Note, that the person that assembled the printing sheet did not work accurately in some areas. The red color print of “3 xu” is lower on the bottom than on the top stamps which was caused by slightly misplacing parts of the red cliche’.
Postally used 12xu stamp. Postally used stamps are at least ten times rarer than cancelled to order stamps.
A few perforation errors have become known. Here is a pair that shows the red cliche’ moved down and a double perforation strike in-between the two stamps.
Here is a single stamp that was partially left imperforate at the top due to a paper fold during the printing process.
Here is mint 12 xu stamp that was left imperforate on the left selvage.
Registered letter sent to Klewitz in September of 1961 containing the entire perforated set. The overall franking of 73 xu would have been insufficient for a registered letter to West Germany (50 xu letter rate plus 60 xu international registration fee) but since the sender wrote “RDA” at the bottom of the letter (which stood for East Germany) the postal clerk applied the lower letter rate to fellow socialist countries (12 xu plus 60 xu registration fee).
Letter mailed from Hanoi to East Germany most likely in 1961 carrying two of the Pagoda stamps, one 12 xu National Savings and one 2xu Geological Research stamp for an overall postage of 38xu. Since the standard letter rate to East Germany was only 20xu as of March 1st, 1960 this letter must have been heavier than the standard 20g.
Mixed franking using two of the 1xu Young Pioneer stamps, National Savings and Geological Research stamps for an overall postage of 12 xu, which was the correct postage to East Germany at the time.
Mixed franking with a single 3 xu stamp sent registered to Klewitz .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 currency franking of the 20D Democratic Republic stamp in Old Dong (which was devalued by 1,000:1 on March 1st, 1959) with the 4xu Mother and Child stamp, 3xu Fruit and 3xu national Savings stamp for an overall postage of 12xu, which was the required tariff for letters to fellow socialist countries.
Mixed franking of the 40D official Agrarian Reform stamp on thick paper denominated in Old Dong (worth 4xu after March 1st, 1959) together with general purpose postage stamps (Agrarian Plants, Five Year Plan, National Savings and Fruits) for an overall postage of 13xu on a letter sent to East Germany in January of 1962. Slightly in excess of the required 12xi tariff.
Rare letter sent to Klewitz in West Germany in December of 1964. It features the entire im-perfroated set of the tropical fruit series and one of the 3 xu stamps of the savings campaign. Im-perforated stamps on postally used cover are very rare. The letter has an overall franking of 1.12 Dong. This was slightly above the required rate for a registered standard letter to Wes Germany (Tariff 1.10 Dong).
Here is an interesting mixed currency franking mailed to Klewitz in 1965 with the 3 xu National Savings stamp. The Bay of Ha Long stamps from 1959 were devalued 1,000:1 which meant the nominal of 500 Old Dong was now worth 0.50 New Dong or 50 xu. The overall franking hence came to 1.12 Dong. This was just a whisker above the required tariff for a registered letter to West Germany of 1.10 Dong.
Rare express mail letter sent to Klewitz in August of 1974. The letter features the two of the 3 xu values. The overall postage amounted to 1.72 Dong which appears to be in excess of the required tariff of 1.00 Dong. Fulda arrival cancel on the reverse.
Another very rare registered express mail letter sent to Klewitz in March of 1979. Late use of the national savings set. The letter also carries the other im-perforated stamps of the space quest set plus some stamps from the Total Liberation set. Im-perforated stamps on postally used cover are very rare. The overall postage amounted to 4.12 Dong. Fulda arrival cancel on the reverse.
Rare registered express mail letter sent to Klewitz in November of 1978. It carries three of the 6 xu stamps without the name of the designer at the bottom plus many other flower stamps. There is also the 3 xu National Savings stamp. The overall postage amounted to 4.02 Dong. Fulda arrival cancel on the reverse. Green Fulda custom cachet on front.
Registration Nr. 100580