International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Vietnam

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Vietnam[edit]

  • With a few exceptions meter stamps used in North Vietnam and South Vietnam during the Civil War (1960-1973) are indistinguishable from each other except for the town names. Accordingly we have not separated the stamps into North and South groups. Those designs known or thought to have been used exclusively in the North or the South during the War are identified in the descriptions.
  • Meter stamps inscribed with the country name first appeared in 1953. For earlier issues see FRENCH INDOCHINA.
  • Some post-war identification numbers and prefixes were assigned without regard to manufacturer or meter model. The numbers appear to have been assigned sequentially by town or according to some other variable.
  • Many if not most of the stamps listed are from Post Office machines although there is no certain way of proving this. Those that can be verified as Post Office stamps are identified in the descriptions. No specific group for Post Office stamps was used since it would give the false impression that stamps not included are not Post Office stamps.
  • The stamp are grouped according to inscription:
A - “VIET-NAM”
B - “VIET-NAM” and “CONG-HOA”
C - “VIET-NAM” and “BUU-CHINH” at top
D - “VIET-NAM” or “VIET NAM” at top, “BUU-CHINH” or “BUU CHINH” at bottom
E - “BUU-CHINH” at top, “VIET NAM” or “VIETNAM” at bottom
F - Franks without country identification



GROUP A: Frank inscribed “VIET-NAM” at top[edit]


Vietnam stamp type A1.jpg

A1. Satas “C” (MV), 1953. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Upright rectangle with simulated perforation border open in center of the sides.
M# SC 3001 and up.
Vietnam stamp type A1aa.jpg
TM: SL
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★0.oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★00.oo
a. With anti-fraud symbols in the open spaces at the sides of the frank ( at left, MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg at right) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]






GROUP B: Frank inscribed “VIET-NAM, CONG-HOA” at top[edit]


Vietnam stamp type B1.jpg


B1. Havas “M” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

Wide frank.
M# with “M.” prefix (0325, E018 and E019 seen).
TM: SL
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★00 .0







GROUP C: Frank inscribed “VIET-NAM” and “BUU-CHINH” at top[edit]


Vietnam stamp type C1.jpg


C1. Satas “C” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

As Type A1 but with different inscriptions.
M# with “SC” prefix (3005, 3006, 3012 and 3013 seen).
TM: SL
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★0.oo






GROUP D: Frank inscribed “VIET-NAM” or “VIET NAM” at top, “BUU-CHINH” or “BUU CHINH” at bottom[edit]


Sub-group DA: Simulated-perforation outer border[edit]



Vietnam stamp type DA1point1.jpg


DA1.1. Satas “C” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

As Types A1 and C1 but with different inscription.
M# with “SC” prefix (3045 and 3046 known).
TM: SL
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★00.oo




Vietnam stamp type DA1point2.jpg

DA1.2. Satas “R” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]

Frank as with Type DA1.1 but with circular town mark.
M# with “SR” prefix.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★00o MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★000X MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★00.oo (South only)

NOTE: Value figures "$VN ★00.oo" are reported to exist but have not been verified.




Vietnam stamp type DA1point3.jpg

DA1.3. Satas “R” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Frank nearly square, 25-26 x 26-27 mm.
“Sô máy” in lower left and M# in lower right with “S” prefix.
Value figures are closer to “VN” than to the right frame line.
M# in 5000 series with “S” prefix.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg$VN★00.oo (possibly used only in the South) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgVN★000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg$VN★000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgVN ★000X MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgVN★0000đ



Vietnam stamp type DA1point4.jpg

DA1.4. Satas “P” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Very similar to Type DA1.3 but the frank is slightly smaller and the date figures are more compressed.
The value figures are equidistant between the "VN" and the right frame line.
M# in 5000 series with “S” prefix.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg$VN★000



Vietnam stamp type DA1point5.jpg

DA1.5. Satas “J” (MV).

Similar to Types DA1.3 and 1.4 but the frank is shorter, 26 x 23-24 mm.
Date figures are tall.
“Sô máy” in lower left and M# in lower right with “S” prefix.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg $VN 99.oo (South only) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg$VN 000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg$VN 000X



Vietnam stamp type DA1point6A.jpg
Vietnam stamp type DA1point6B.jpg
Vietnam stamp type DA1point6aa.jpg

DA1.6. Satas “J” (MV).

Nearly square frank, ~24 x 25-26 mm, with partial straight-line inner border.
Date figures tall.
M# breaks inner border line at bottom.
Value figures preceded by “đ / VN”.
M# with “Sõ:” prefix.
A. Right frame line intact
B. Value figures break the right frame line
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000oo (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000 (B) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000 đ (B)
a. Solid unengraved rectangle in place of meter number



Vietnam stamp type DA2point1A.jpg
Vietnam stamp type DA2point1B.jpg

DA2.1. Camp (MV).

Post Office stamp.
Spacing between TM and frank narrow, ~6 mm.
M# “Sö máy” 1 and up.
All stamps are printed on labels affixed to letters and parcels, never directly to a cover.
A. Hour figure inside the TM right of the date
B. Hour figure between the TM and frank
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★00o



Vietnam stamp type DA2point2.jpg

DA2.2. Camp (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]

Post Office stamp.
Very similar to Type DA2.1B but the frank is slightly wider, and "VIET NAM" has no dash.
The identification number has “SO:” prefix.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★0000



Vietnam stamp type DA3point1.jpg


DA3.1. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

Wide rectangle, 37 x 23 mm, with dragons at the sides.
M# without prefix, some with “P.B.” as a suffix.
TM: SC, DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg$VN 000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000đ MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000



Vietnam stamp type DA3point2.jpg

DA3.2. Pitney Bowes “EasyMail” (digital).

Short, wide frank with single-line simulated-perforation border.
Two columns of digits left of the TM.
M# with “SM” prefix.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000000 đ



Vietnam stamp type DA4point1A.jpg
Vietnam stamp type DA4point1B.jpg



DA4.1. Frama “EPS3000” (MV).

Nearly square frank with single-line border broken in the center of the sides.
A. M# with “SM” prefix MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
B. M# “No 001” or "No 010" MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000 đ






Vietnam stamp type DA4point2.jpg
Vietnam stamp type DA4point2a.jpg

DA4.2. Frama “M/E bzw.100” (MV).

Similar to Type DA4.1 but slightly larger frank with complete outer frame line.
The value figures are larger than with DA4.1.
M# with “SM” prefix.
TM: DC, SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000000 đ
a. Post Office stamp, with 3-letter prefix to the identification number at bottom. Seen are "HNI" (Hanoi) and "DNI" (Dong Nai). Others no doubt exist. Printed in red or black.



Vietnam stamp type DA4point3.jpg

DA4.3. Frama “Sensonic” (digital).

Horizontal frank with extra large value figures.
Very narrow spacing between TM and frank.
With “VPS” (Vietnam Postal Service?) and number at bottom.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000000 đ



Vietnam stamp type DA5.jpg
Vietnam stamp type DA5aa.jpg

DA5. Neopost “Electronic” (MV).

Very similar to Type DA4.1.
The meter number and prefix are slightly smaller, and the date figures have wide spacing between the month and year.
M# with “SO:” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000 đ MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00000 đ
a. Post Office stamp, with "HCM" and number at bottom



Vietnam stamp type DA6.jpg
Vietnam stamp type DA6aa.jpg

DA6. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Similar to Type DA4.2 with complete outer frame line, but the frank and value figures are smaller.
The date figures are tightly spaced.
M# with “SM:” or “SO:” prefix.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000000 đ
a. Post Office stamp. With "VPS" (Vietnam Postal Service?) and number at bottom







Sub-group DB: Straight-line outer border[edit]



Vietnam stamp type DB1A.jpg
Vietnam stamp type DB1B.jpg


DB1. Postalia (MV). (South Viet Nam only)

Upright rectangle with straight-line frame.
“Sö máy” at lower left, and M# at lower right.
M# 4001/GAMI and up.
TM: DC
A. Wide spacing, ~45 mm between TM and frank.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg$VN0000 (M# 4000 only)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg$VN00,00
B. Narrow spacing, ~6 mm between TM and frank
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg$VN00,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg$VN00000
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg$VN00.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg$VN000·— MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg $VN000,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg$VN000.00
a. Top of TM unengraved
b. As B, value figures without "$VN" prefix: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000—



Vietnam stamp type DB2point1A.jpg
Vietnam stamp type DB2point1B.jpg
Vietnam stamp type DB2point1aa.jpg


DB2.1. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300” (MV).

Frank is straight-line rectangle with diamond-shaped ornament at left.
M# with “SM:” prefix.
TM: SC, DC
A. Wide frank ~36-37 x 24 mm
B. Nearly square frank ~21-22 x 23 mm with space in right frame line
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0.000 đ MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0.000 ođ
a. Date figures locally made, day and year figures larger than month





Vietnam stamp type DB2point2.jpg

DB2.2. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300” (MV).

Similar to Type DB2.1A but without meter number.
Bottom line reads “Sõ……”.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000



Vietnam stamp type DB2point3.jpg

DB2.3. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300” (MV).

Similar to Type DB2.1A but the meter number breaks the bottom frame line.
Two seen, “PB 8061” and 0393 without prefix.
TM: DC or nil
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000 đ MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.000 đ



Vietnam stamp type DB3A.jpg
Vietnam stamp type DB3B.jpg


DB3. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Similar to DB2 types with single straight-line frame and diamond-shaped ornament at left.
A. Wide frank ~32-33 x 25 mm, M# with “SM:” prefix
B. Square frank, ~28-29 mm, M# “MS: 29” seen
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 đ MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000 đ







Vietnam stamp type DB4.jpg

DB4. Neopost “Electronic” (MV).

Similar to DB2 and DB3 types.
Frank with single straight-line frame ~32-33 x 25-26 mm.
M# with “SM:” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000 đ MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00000



Vietnam stamp type DB5.jpg

DB5. Neopost “205” (MV).

Upright rectangle with single straight-line frame.
Date figures tall.
M# with “SM:” prefix.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 đ







Sub-group DC: Without outer border[edit]



Vietnam stamp type DC1point1.jpg

DC1. Havas (MV).

This appears to be locally constructed from predominantly Havas parts.
Frameless frank with straight-line TM mirroring frank.
The single impression seen cuts off the identification number at right of “BUU CHÍNH SÓ”.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★ 0oo đ







GROUP E: Frank inscribed “BUU-CHINH” at top, “VIETNAM” or “VIET NAM” at bottom[edit]


Vietnam stamp type E1point1.jpg

E1.1. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Upright rectangle with simulated-perforation outer border and straight-line inner border.
“VIETNAM” without space.
Without M# number.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 đ



Vietnam stamp type E1point2.jpg

E1.2. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Frank 25 x 28 mm with single-line simulated-perforation border with breaks in sides.
“VIET NAM” with space.
The date figures are tightly spaced.
Without M#.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000 đ



Vietnam stamp type E2.jpg

E2. Neopost “Electronic” (MV).

Similar to Type E1.2 but the frank is not as tall, 25 mm square.
The date figures have wide spacing between month and year.
Without M#.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000đ






GROUP F: Frank without country name[edit]


Vietnam stamp type F1.jpg

F1. Havas "M" (MV).

This appears to be an extensively damaged and repaired machine, possibly the same one that printed type B1.
Frameless frank without country name.
“BEN THANH” at top, value figures at center between two diamond shaped ornaments, and "70102" at bottom.
TM: straight line at lower left "B.D. VIET NAM"
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★00 .0




Vietnam stamp type DC2.jpg

F2. Hasler "Mailmaster" (MV).

Stamp without frank.
Value figures alone at right of the town mark.
"HANOI" in town mark.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000











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