South Vietnam, Sights, July 12th, 1974, Michel Nr. SVN 565-567; Three stamps in no finals of 5D, 10D and 15D were issued in perforation 14:13.5. The quantities produced were 7,000,000 for the 5D, 5,000,000 for the 10D and 3,000,000 for the 15D stamp. The stamps were printed by Thomas de la Rue in Basingstoke, England.

Here is the mint set.

Postally used 15D stamp.

A few of the prepared but not issued stamps were left imperforate and sold this way after the war. Here is the set of these imperforate trial proofs in pairs.

Enpreuves de Luxe; printed on cardboard paper.

Multiple franking of the 5D value (2) paying an overall postage of 10D on a domestic letter sent by a civilian in Saigon to a member of the military (KBC 4648/Political (Psychological) Warfare School located in Da Lat). Letters to military members only cost 50% of the standard letter rate.

Mixed franking of the 20D Orchid stamp together with the 5D Sight stamp paying an overall postage of 25D on a domestic letter sent within Saigon in 1975.

Mixed franking of the 20D Orchid stamp together with the 5D Sight stamp paying an overall postage of 25D on a domestic letter sent to Saigon in February of 1975.

Mixed franking of the 20D National Development Conference of Families and Children stamp together with the 5D Sights stamp paying an overall postage of 25D on a domestic letter sent from Vinh Long to Saigon in January of 1975. Illegible transit/arrival cancels on the reverse.

Mixed franking of the Agrarian Reform Law overprinted stamps (2) together with stamps from the Sights, Day of the Farmer, Buy Government Bonds and Sampan Boat sets paying an overall postage of 125D on an international air mail letter sent from My Tho to Canada in January of 1975.

Mixed franking of the 10D “200,000 Returners”stamps (2) together with the 5D Sights stamp paying an overall postage of 25D on a domestic letter (full contents preserved) sent on March 14th, 1975 from Nha Trang to Gia Dinh. Six weeks later the Republic was going to fall to the National Liberation Front.

Below are three individual letters all franked with a single 10D Sights stamp that stem from the same correspondence. They were sent by a member of the military (KBC 3318/Naval Training Center & Commissioned Officer School / Ships reporting to Naval HQ located in Nha Trang) to the same civilian in Saigon in October, 1974, December, 1974 and January of 1975. The rare all cancelled with the mute “Quantity Buu” military cancel and have the circular naval KBC cachet on front.

Single franking of the 10D value on a domestic letter sent by a member of the military (KBC 4786) to a civilian in Saigon sent in November of 1974. Cancelled with the mute “Quan Buu” military machine cancel. Red circular KBC cachet on front.

Single franking of the 10D value on a domestic air mail letter sent by a member of the military (KBC 4100/Thu Duc Infantry School in Thu Duc) to civilian in Saigon sent in October of 1974. Cancelled with the mute “Quan Buu” machine military cancel . Black circular KBC cachet on front.

Single franking of the 10D Sights stamp paying the special discounted military tariff  on a letter sent by a civilian located in Saigon to a member of the military in KBC 3328/Naval Fleet Headquarters in Saigon) most likely from the second half of 1974.

Mixed franking of the 70D Day of the Farmer stamp together with stamps from the Sights set paying an overall postage of 135D on a very rare registered express mail letter sent from Hue to Saigon in October of 1974. Saigon machine arrival cancel on the reverse. Domestic express mail letters are very hard to find.

Multiple franking of the 10D value (2) paying an overall postage of 20D on an official receipt sent by standard domestic mail to Pham Thu Che in September of 1974.

Single franking of the 15D Sights stamp on a letter sent in October of 1974 by a member of the military  (KBC 6282/3rd Division 55th Regiment 23rd located in Banmethuot) to a civilian in Gia Dinh. The letter lacked the military KBC cachet so it was treated as a standard civilian letter that cost 25D at the time. As result a back “T” hand stamp was applied indicating that additional postage was due upon delivery. There is no indication that this was ever collected. Cancelled with the civilian circular cancel from Banmethuot.

Mixed franking of the 10D Economic Development stamp together with the 15D Sights stamp paying an overall postage of 25D on a domestic letter sent from Qui Nhon to Saigon in August of 1974.

Mixed franking of the 15D Economic Development stamp together with the 100D Wounded Soldier stamp paying an overall postage of 115D on an international air mail letter sent from Saigon to the United States in February of 1975.

Mixed franking of the Human Rights set together with stamps from the Year of the Buffalo, Sights, Farmer Day, Orchids and Wounded Soldiers sets paying an overall postage of 730D on a rare international registered express air mail letter sent from Can Tho to West Germany in December of 1974. Red Post Office Fulda arrival cancel. Circular Fulda arrival cancel on the reverse.

Mixed franking of the 10D Orchid stamp together with stamps from the Sights, Calligraphy and Buy Government Bonds sets paying an overall postage of 100D on an international surface letter sent from Saigon to England in March 4th of 1975. The letter took a full nine weeks to arrive as is confirmed by the Reading arrival cancel on front.

Mixed franking of the 20D and 60D Development Aid stamps together with stamps from the Sights, Wax Soldiers, Sisters Tru’ng and the overprinted Agrarian Reform stamp paying an overall postage of 230D on an international air mail letters ent from Saigon to Switzerland in September of 1974.

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