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Modern coins of the Maldives
« on: April 28, 2018, 08:26:01 AM »

The Maldives, in relation to its neighbours.



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The Maldives, officially the Republic of Maldives, is a South Asian island country, located in the Indian Ocean, situated in the Arabian Sea. It lies southwest of Sri Lanka and India. The chain of 26 atolls stretches from Ihavandhippolhu Atoll in the north to the Addu City in the south. Comprising a territory spanning roughly 298 square kilometres (115 sq mi), the Maldives is one of the world's most geographically dispersed countries, as well as the smallest Asian country by both land area and population, with around 427,756 inhabitants. Malé is the capital and most populated city, traditionally called the "King's Island" for its central location.

The Maldivian archipelago took to Islam in the 12th century and consolidated as a sultanate, developing strong commercial and cultural ties with Asia and Africa. From the mid 16th-century, the region came under the increasing influence of European colonial powers, with the Maldives becoming a British protectorate in 1887. Independence from the United Kingdom was achieved in 1965 and a presidential republic was established in 1968 with an elected People's Majlis. The Maldives was a Commonwealth republic from July 1982 until its withdrawal from the Commonwealth in October 2016 in protest of international criticism of its records in relation to corruption and human rights.

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Re: Modern coins of the Maldives
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2018, 08:26:37 AM »
Map of the Maldives.

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Re: Modern coins of the Maldives
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2018, 08:29:54 AM »
From Wikipedia:

Throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, bronze coins were issued denominated in laari. Sultan Mohamed Imaadhudheen IV (1900–1904) introduced what historians believe to be the first machine struck coins, judging the superior quality of the engravements. His successor Sultan Mohamed Shamshudeen III (1904–1935) made the last of these coins, 1 and 4 laari denominations, which were struck in the United Kingdom by Heaton's Mint, Birmingham, England in 1913.

Following the end of coin production specifically for the Maldives, the Sultanate came to use the Ceylonese rupee. This was supplemented in 1947 by issues of banknotes denominated in rufiyaa, equal in value to the rupee. In 1960, coins denominated in laari, now worth one hundredth of the rufiyaa, were introduced.

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Re: Modern coins of the Maldives
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2018, 08:33:55 AM »
The coins of 1960 were the last coins to have been issued under the British protectorate. They show the coat of arms on the obverse and the denomination on the reverse. The script is Thaana, the unique writing system of the Maldivian language.

1 laari.

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Re: Modern coins of the Maldives
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2018, 08:34:23 AM »
2 laari.

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Re: Modern coins of the Maldives
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2018, 08:35:04 AM »
5 laari.

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Re: Modern coins of the Maldives
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2018, 08:35:48 AM »
10 laari.

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Re: Modern coins of the Maldives
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2018, 08:36:50 AM »
25 laari. It has the same obverse design as the 50 laari, in the post below.

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Re: Modern coins of the Maldives
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2018, 08:37:40 AM »
50 laari.  There were no rufiyaa coins.

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Re: Modern coins of the Maldives
« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2018, 08:39:25 AM »
A nice set then, with some attractive shapes and colours.

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Re: Modern coins of the Maldives
« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2018, 08:48:49 AM »
In 1984 a new design series was issued. The obverse showed the country name and the denomination.

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Re: Modern coins of the Maldives
« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2018, 08:51:17 AM »
The aluminium 1 laari coin featured a palm tree. The initials MMA are for Maldivian Monetary Authority.

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Re: Modern coins of the Maldives
« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2018, 08:52:56 AM »
The aluminium 5 laari featured two tuna fish.

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Re: Modern coins of the Maldives
« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2018, 08:56:59 AM »

10 laari.



The scalloped aluminium 10 laari featured a superb design of a sailing boat.

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Re: Modern coins of the Maldives
« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2018, 08:59:38 AM »

25 laari.

The nickel-brass 25 laari coin featured the mosque of Malé.