Vietnam gemstones

Code: 857

The ruby 1960g

The ruby 2,160g

     Vietnam abounds in natural resources and precious gemstones in particular. Vietnam gemstones such as ruby, sapphire, spinel, zircon, olivin, topa and granat..., have in recent years been a heated issue in domestic and international markets. Especially, Vietnam's ruby is highly valued in terms of not only deposits but also quality, said to be equal to that of Myanmar. Vietnam's two largest ruby mines are Yen Bai and Nghe An.

     The Department General of Posts and Telecommunications (DGPT) issues a special stamp set entitled Vietnam gemstones. The set consists of two models:

Model 1: The 1,960g ruby, found in Tan Huong, Yen Binh, Yen Bai Province on April 6, 2000, having a face value of VND400

Model 2: The 2,160g Vietnam Star ruby, considered a national treasure, also found in Tan Huong on April 25, 2000, which has been decided by the Prime Minister to be preserved as a national treasure, with a face value of VND6,000

Date of issuance: March 20, 2001
Designer: Mr. Nguyen Du (COTEVINA)
Stamp size: 46 x 31 (mm)
Perforation: 13
Sheet composition: 20 stamps
FDC (1 envelope) size : 180 x 110 (mm)
Printer: Postal Stamp Printing Enterprise (Ho Chi Minh City)
Printing process: offset
Color: multi-colored
Paper: paper (both gummed and ungummed)

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