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Vietnam

16th August 1951

Asia 14

NViet1a
South Vietnam
North Vietnam
  1951 Sc1 SG61 [1951] Sc1a SG-N5a

Description Design / Date Scott# SG# Mi# Y&T# Notes
South Vietnam
10 cents olive-green 1 1 61     Bongour Falls
2oc deep plum 1 2 62      
30c blue 1 3 63      
50c red 1 4 64      
60c brown 1 5 65      
1 piastre chestnut-brown 1 6 66      
1.20p yellow brown 2 7 57     Emperor Bao-Dai
2p purple 1 8 58      
3p dull blue 2 9 69     earliest issue according to Gibbons
5p green 1 10 70      
10p crimson 1 11 71      
15p red brown 1 12 72      
30p blue-green 2 13 73      
North Vietnam
100 dong brown 1951 1 N5     Ho Chi Minh
100d brown 1955 1a N5a     perf 11¼
100d green 1951 2 N4      
100d green 1955 2a N4a     perf 11¼
200d rec 1951 3 N6      
200d rec 1955 3a N6a     perf 11¼

From Wikipedia, "Vietnam was part of Imperial China for over a millennium, from 111 BC to AD 939. An independent Vietnamese state was formed in 939, following a Vietnamese victory in the Battle of Bạch Đằng River. Successive Vietnamese royal dynasties flourished as the nation expanded geographically and politically into Southeast Asia, until the Indochina Peninsula was colonized by the French in the mid-19th century. Following a Japanese occupation in the 1940s, the Vietnamese fought French rule in the First Indochina War, eventually expelling the French in 1954. Thereafter, Vietnam was divided politically into two rival states, North and South Vietnam. Conflict between the two sides intensified in what is known as the Vietnam War. The war ended with a North Vietnamese victory in 1975.

Vietnam was then unified under a communist government but remained impoverished and politically isolated. In 1986, the government initiated a series of economic and political reforms which began Vietnam's path towards integration into the world economy.[8] By 2000, it had established diplomatic relations with all nations. Since 2000, Vietnam's economic growth rate has been among the highest in the world, and, in 2011, it had the highest Global Growth Generators Index among 11 major economies. Its successful economic reforms resulted in its joining the World Trade Organization in 2007. It is also an historical member of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie. Vietnam remains one of the world's four remaining one-party socialist states officially espousing communism." [accessed 7th July 2016]

Viet1L1
VietS1
Vietnam Democratic Republic
Independent State
South Vietnam,
Independent State
1945 Sc1L1 SG17 1951 Sc1 SG61 1955 Sc27 SG-S1
VietS11
VietNLF1
image
South Vietnam,
Republic
National Front for the
Liberation of South Vietnam
North Vietnam
Tongking
1956 Sc36 SG-S11 1963 Sc? SG-NLF1 1946 Sc SG-N1
NViet1a
VietN14
Viet830
North Vietnam
Central Annam
North Vietnam
General Issues
Socialist Republic
1950 Sc1 SG-NA5 1954 Sc6 SG-NA14 1975 Sc830 SG99

Postally, starting with the Gibbons structure:

Gibbons SG Date Scott
Sc
Vietnam Democratic Republic,
Indo-China overprints and surcharges
1-60 §
1945-46
North Vietnam
1L1-1L63
Independent State, within the French Union
61-97
1951-54
Vietnam
1-26
South Vietnam
 
- Independent State, within the French Union
S1-S10
1955
South Vietnam
27-35
- Republic
S11-S495
1956-1975
36-513
National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam
NLF1-NLF79
1963-1976
 
North Vietnam, Vietnam Democratic Republic
 
- Tongking
N1-N13
1946-1954
Republic of North Vietnam
1-829 §
- Central Annam
NA1-NA8
1950-1954
- General Issues
N14-N871
1954-1976
Socialist Republic of Vietnam
SG99+
1975+
Socialist Republic of Vietnam
830+

These are the FICC #1s for South Vietnam and North Vietnam
§ The catalogues differ on the sequencing of issues.
The first set of three are simiilar designs but with inscriptions in English, French and Spanish. The English version is shown.


ICCViet
ICIndN49fdc
International Commission,
Vetnam
International Commission,
Laos and Vietnam
1954 India Sc1
SG-N11
1954 India Sc1
SG-N49 FDC

International Commission in Indo-China

India, Canada and Poland supplied troops under the International Control Commisions for Indo-China in 1954 and India organised their postal services using overprinted Indian stamps. Gibbons lists these as a separate entity in Part 21, South East Asia, Scott lists them after India, with sections for Cambodia, Laos, Laos and Vietnam, and Vietnam.

Sources: ScS, SGP21, Wikipedia.

Images from David Olson, ebay.

FI ref: 635, 643 Page credit: NB

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