South Vietnam, 40. Birthday of Emperor Bảo Đại, November 10th, 1952, Michel Nr. SVN 89; A single stamp with a nominal of 1.50P (Q:1,000,000) was issued in perforation 12.5:12. The stamp was valid postage until January 1st, 1956 when it became invalid.

Here is the mint stamp

and here the postal used stamp

This stamp was not officially released imperforate, however a small number of imperforate trial proofs have come to market. Here is a pair of them.

A very small number of Enpreuve de Luxe imperforate sheetlets, also called “Minister Blocks” were produced on light carton paper which had imperforate samples of the stamps attached and were handed out or sent to very important people of other countries. These early sheetlets are very rare and seldom come to market as most of them ended up in the archives of foreign postal administrations. They are not comparable to Enpreuve de Luxe issued later primarily for the benefit of collectors. Note the dry seal of the Vietnamese postal administration.  It is covered by a glued on glassine with a message from the Postal and Telecommunication Ministry.

Rare single franking of the 1.50P value on a local letter sent within Saigon in 1954.

Mixed franking of one of the overprinted Nam Phương stamps together with the 1.50P Bảo Đại Birthday stamp paying an overall postage of 3P on a local letter sent within Saigon. Special red Re Cross cachet on front. Special First Day of Issuance cachet on front.

Mixed franking of two of the overprinted Nam Phương stamps together with two 1.50P Bảo Đại Birthday stamp paying an overall postage of 6P on a local letter sent from Saigon to Cholon. Special First Day of Issue cachet on front.

Registration Nr. 200070

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