Here are two notes from Maldives that I won on Ebay. Yeah, I have finally started going on Ebay and bidding regularly. The notes arrived last Thursday and were added to my collection in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. They arrived in from a dealer in Germany.
Maldives officially Republic of Maldives is an island nation in the Indian Ocean formed by a double chain of twenty-six atolls oriented north-south off India’s Lakshadweep Islands, between Minicoy Island and Chagos Archipelago.
During the colonial era, the Dutch referred to the country as “Maldivische Eilanden” in their documentation, while “Maldive Islands” is the anglicised version of the local name used by the British, which later came to be written “Maldives”.
The Maldives was dominated from the mid sixteenth century by colonial powers: Portugal, the Netherlands, and Britain.
In 1965, the Maldives gained independence from the British, becoming a republic. It was then ruled by a sultanate and an authoritarian government.
Maldives is the smallest Asian country in both population and land area.
The 2 Rupees (Pick 3b) dated 4 June, 1960 – 10 Zil Haj 1379 H. The date is printed in Arabic text and mentioned both in Hijri (Islamic) and Christian Calender. The front has a Palm tree and Dhow. The back has a quay in the center.
The 50 Rupees (Pick 6c) dated 1 August, 1980 – 17 Rajab 1400 H. The date is printed both in Hijri (Islamic) – in Arabic and Christian Calender in local language i.e. Divehi. The front has a Palm tree and Dhow and the back has the Royal Embarkation Gate at Malé at center.