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2 Rufiyaa 1960, Maldives

in Krause book Number: 3b
Years of issue: 04.06.1960
Edition: 702 278
Signatures: Minister of Finance, Prime Minister, Minister of Education, External Affairs and Finance, Head of the Department of Public Safety: Velaanaagey Ibrahim Nasir Rannabandeyri Kilegefan
Serie: Serie 1960
Specimen of: 1947
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 127 х 77
Printer: Bradbury, Wilkinson & Company Limited, New Malden

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Emblem of Maldives.

The Maldivian National Emblem consists of a coconut palm, a crescent, and two criss-crossing National Flags with the traditional Title of the State.

The depicted coconut palm represents the livelihood of the Nation according to Maldivian folklore and tradition. The inhabitants believe it to be the most beneficial tree to them as they utilize every part of the tree on various applications ranging from medicine to boat-building. The Crescent (a universal Islamic symbol) and its accompanying star embodies the Islamic faith of the State and its authority respectively.

The words of the scroll Ad-Dawlat Al-Mahaldheebiyya are written in the Arabic naskh style of script. They were used by Sultan AI-Ghazee Mohamed Thakurufaanu Al-Azam one of the most illustrious heroes of the nation. The title Ad-Dawlat Al-Mahaldheebiyya (Arabic: الدولة المحلديبية‎‎) means the "State of the Mahal Dibiyat", which is the name Ibn Battuta and other Mediaeval Arab travellers used to refer to the Maldives.


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Еhe design for these notes was submitted by the Maldivian Ministry of Finance, which authorized the issue of notes on behalf of the Government of the Maldives. The illustrations for the front and back of each note were drawn by a local artist named Sayyid Saeed, from Male (the island which is the capital of the Maldives). The calligraphy for the notes was prepared by Tabah Ali Fulu, also from Male.

To the left is a vignette of a lateen rigged mas dhoani (a small sailing vessel used for fishing) with a palm tree, while to the right is a vignette of a square rigged vessel known as a mas odi or ‘fishing odi’. The mas odi is an older style of fishing vessel. The vignette of the mas odi was drawn from the illustration which is reproduced with this article. Comparisons between the original artwork and the vignette show that the original artwork depicted people on the vessel, while the vignette contains no people. The lack of people, in both this vignette and in all vignettes in the first series, is due to the Islamic tradition of not depicting living things, both people and animals. (

Cōcos nucifēra

On left side is the coconut.

The coconut tree (Cocos nucifera) is a member of the family Arecaceae (palm family).

It is the only accepted species in the genus Cocos. The term coconut can refer to the entire coconut palm, the seed, or the fruit, which, botanically, is a drupe, not a nut. The spelling cocoanut is an archaic form of the word. The term is derived from the XIV century Portuguese and Spanish word coco meaning "head" or "skull", from the three indentations on the coconut shell that resemble facial features.

The coconut is known for its great versatility as seen in the many uses of its different parts and found throughout the tropics and subtropics. Coconuts are part of the daily diets of many people. Coconuts are different from any other fruits because they contain a large quantity of "water" and when immature they are known as tender-nuts or jelly-nuts and may be harvested for drinking. When mature, they still contain some water and can be used as seednuts or processed to give oil from the kernel, charcoal from the hard shell and coir from the fibrous husk. The endosperm is initially in its nuclear phase suspended within the coconut water. As development continues, cellular layers of endosperm deposit along the walls of the coconut, becoming the edible coconut "flesh". When dried, the coconut flesh is called copra. The oil and milk derived from it are commonly used in cooking and frying; coconut oil is also widely used in soaps and cosmetics. The clear liquid coconut water within is potable. The husks and leaves can be used as material to make a variety of products for furnishing and decorating. The coconut also has cultural and religious significance in many societies that use it.

Denominations in numerals are in top corners.


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Royal Jetty

The Royal Jetty. This elaborately carved wooden construction was torn down as part of the harbour redevelopment.

Denominations in numerals are in all corners.