Viet Nam stamps

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Vietnam, officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is the easternmost nation on the Indochina Peninsula. It borders the People's Republic of China to the north, Laos to the northwest and Cambodia to the southwest. On the country's vast east coast lies the South China Sea. Vietnam includes the former French territories of Tonkin, Annam and Cochin Chaina, became an Associated State of the French Union in 1949. 

South Vietnam is the commonly used name for the former Vietnamese state that existed from 1954 to 1976 in the portion of Vietnam that lay south of the 17th parallel.

North Vietnam was situated to the north of the 17th parallel. The division of Vietnam occurred during the Geneva Conference, after the Viet Minh fought to end almost 100 years of French rule in Indochina.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam

 

Introduce of Vietnam Postage Stamps

The first postage stamp officially circulated in Cochinchina (now South Vietnam) in 1863 by the French colonialists which were used in all French colonies (the difference was the post marks of each colony). The first type of commercial stamps appeared in Vietnam in the period between 1886 and 1887, overprinted with abbreviation C.CH, (which stand for Cochinchine - the former name of South Vietnam).

In 1888, this kind of stamps circulated in central Vietnam which was overprinted with the letter A (abbreviation of ANNAM) in northern Vietnam it was over-printed with the letter T (abbreviation of TONKIN).

In 1889, the Indochinese stamps officially came into being and were used in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

From 1941 to 1945, almost all of Indochinese stamps were designed by Vietnamese painters and printed in Vietnam as well.

From 1945 to 1975, Vietnam had undergone an extraordinary historical stage. There existed several political regimes in the country and they all issued their own postage stamps. Historically, there were two major ideologies of stamps, namely:

A - Postage stamps issued by Revolutionary Administrations

They included stamps issued by Revolutionary Administrations in different periods.

I. Postage stamps issued by the Democratic Republic of Vietnam:

1. The over-printed Indochinese stamps: 1945 - 1946 (provisional stamps).

Ảnh minh họaThe August Revolution triumphed, on 2 Sept. 1945, President Ho Chi Minh proclaimed in Hanoi the independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.  During the first days of the independence, Vietnam Postal Administration had to over-print several Indochinese stamps to use as provisional postage stamps of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. There are 53 Indochinese stamps which had been over-printed by typography with 13 different inscriptions in black, red, green or blue are converted into 57 stamps of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Among 57 provisional stamps there are 21 surcharged with new face-values in Vietnamese currency, 6 in both Indochinese and Vietnamese currencies, the remaining 30 stamps without any change of their face-value (still in Indochinese currency).

2. The stamps issued by the Democratic Republic of Vietnam: From 2 September 1946 to 24 June 1976, circulated in North Vietnam.

On 2 Sept. 1946, marking the first National Day of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, the Postal Administration of Vietnam issued the stamp-set featuring the President Ho Chi Minh's portrait consisting of 5 values. This is the first stamp-set designed and printed by Vietnamese. The issuance of this stamp-set has ushered in a new era for the independent development of Vietnamese Postage Stamps.

II. Postage stamps issued by the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: since 24 June 1976, circulated all over the country.

Ảnh minh họaOn 2 July 1976, the first session of the unified National Assembly decided to change the name of the country into the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Since then, stamps of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of Republic of South Vietnam (circulated in the liberated zones of South Vietnam) and the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (circulated in North Vietnam) have been merged into postage stamps of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam with the inscription "VIET NAM" which are circulated throughout Vietnam.

Up to 31 Aug. 2005, Vietnam Postal Administration had issued 941 stampsets consisting of 3384 values and 148 blocks.

 

III. Postage stamps issued by the National Front for Liberation of South Vietnam (from 20 December 1963 to 1969); and Postage stamps issued by Provisional Revolutionary Government of Republic of South Vietnam (from 22 April 1970 to 24 June 1976), circulated in the liberated zones of South Vietnam.

Ảnh minh họaFrom 20 Dec. 1963 to 1969, the National Front for Liberation (NFLSV) of South Vietnam issued 8 stamp-sets (consisting of 22 values)

And continuously, from 22 Apr. 1970 to 24 Jun. 1976, the Provisional Revolutionary Government of Republic of South Vietnam (PRGRSV) issued 14 stamp-sets (consisting of 48 values).

Postage stamps issued by the National Front for Liberation of South Vietnam and the Provisional Revolutionary Government of Republic of South Vietnam  were continuously arranged in numbers and become a branch of Vietnam Revolutionary Postage Stamp.

 

B - Postage stamps issued by other regimes:

I. Vietnam National stamps (Bao Dai stamps): from 1951 to 1955, circulated in temporarily occupied areas.

II. Stamps of the Republic of Vietnam (former Saigon puppet regime): from 1956 to 1975, circulated in the areas under the control of the former Saigon puppet regime.

With the victory on 30 April 1975, South Vietnam was completely liberated and Vietnam reunified, the stamps issued by Saigon puppet regime terminated its circulation.


South Vietnam

Scott: #405-7O

Issued: 20.12.1971

Rural Mail

Inside #406: Stamp on Envelope


Vietnam / North Vietnam

Scott: #1331-4O

Issued: 30.10.1983

World Communications Year

Inside #1331: Pseudo Stamp


Scott: #1772O

Issued: 30.8.1987

40th Anniversary, Postal Trade Union

Inside #1772: Pseudo Stamp


Scott: #2164P

Issued: 30.8.1987

45th Anniversary, Post and Telecommunications Dept.

Inside #2164: Pseudo Stamp


Scott: #2478-9O

Issued: 30.7.1993

Stamp Day

 Inside #2478: North Vietnam #MI 1L59O (1946)

 Inside #2478: Vietnam #521O

 Inside #2478: Vietnam #1419O

 Inside #2478: Vietnam #2435O

History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications from the first submarine cable of 1850 to the worldwide fiber optic network

http://www.atlantic-cable.com/stamps/Other/index7.htm

 Inside #2479: North Vietnam #2304


Scott: #2646O

Issued: 15.8.1995

200th Birthday, Sir Rowland Hill

 Inside #2646: G.B. #1


Scott: #2720O

Issued: 15.8.1996

Stamp Day

 Inside #2720: North Vietnam MI #1L57O

On 2 September 1946, to mark the first National Day of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, the Postal Administration of Vietnam issued the stamp-set featuring the President Ho Chi Minh's portrait upon decree No. 172/SL signed on August 27th by the Government President. This stamp set consisting of 5 values of the same design with different colours and face values with description "Democratic Republic of Vietnam" designed by painter Nguyen Sang. Among these denominations, there were two with extra-tax for national salvation. The issuance of this stamp-set was an important stage in the development of Vietnam Postage Stamps.


Scott: #2965O

Issued: 22.5.2000

Stamp Show 2000 Exhibition

 Inside #2965 (In margin of sheet - in show logo): G.B. #1


Scott: #3003O

Issued: 30.12.2000

40th Anniversary, Viet Nam Philatelic Organization

Ảnh minh họa Inside #3003: Viet Nam #821O


Scott: #3090O

Issued: 9.10.2001

Dialogue among Civilizations

Inside #3090: Pseudo Stamp on Envelope

Thanks to Lloyd Gilbert


Scott: #3399O

Issued: 30.12.2010

50th Anniversary Vietnamese Philatelic Society

Inside #3399: Pseudo Stamp

Thanks to Lou Guadagno


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