Kyrgyz Express Post issued the first stamp set of 2016 featuring the four unique Minerals of Kyrgyzstan namely Aragonite, Realgar, Stibnite and Kyanite.
The stamp issue has been realized with inestimable support of the Institute of Geology of the National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic.
The images on the stamps as photographed from the minerals in the Museum of Geology with the help of wonderful photographer Alexey Sorokin.
Unique Minerals of Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan is a mountainous country, famous for its vast mineral wealth. Besides the deposits that are ready to be mined (gold, tungsten, tin, copper, lead, etc) and the non-ore deposits, there is also a rich and diverse mineralogical base.
Beneath Kyrgyzstan lies a a great quantity and variety of minerals, including unique types that cannot be found anywhere else on our Planet.
Geologists from our country make huge efforts to study and bring to the attention of the public and to national economy, these unique resources. Every year new types of minerals are discovered in Kyrgyzstan.
This series of KEP postage stamps is dedicated to the following minerals of Kyrgyzstan:
- Aragonite – a speleothem (South of Kyrgyzstan), which is formed in karst cavities (caves). Aragonite is a carbonate mineral, one of the two common, naturally occurring, crystal forms of calcium carbonate.
- Realgar with orpiment. Its deposit is located in Khaidarkan and it can be found together with cinnabar (quicksilver). Realgar, is an arsenic sulfide mineral, also known as “ruby sulphur” or “ruby of arsenic”.
It is a soft, sectile mineral occurring in monoclinic crystals, often in association with the related mineral, orpiment (As2S3).
- Stibnite (antimonite, antimony). Its deposit is located in Kadamjay (an example of antimony ores’ purity, about 99.99%). Stibnite, sometimes called antimonite, is a sulfide mineral. This soft grey material crystallizes in an orthorhombic space group. It is the most important source for the metalloid antimony.
- Kyanite (disthene). Its deposit is located in Chatkal District. The hardness of this mineral varies within one crystal. Kyanite, is a typically blue silicate mineral, commonly found in aluminium-rich metamorphic pegmatites.
Title: The Minerals of Kyrgyzstan
Date of Issue: 6 January 2016
Denominations: 50.00 KGS, 50.00 KGS, 75.00 KGS, 100.00 KGS
Source: Kyrgyz Express Post (KEP)