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5 Rufiyaa 2017, Maldives

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Years of issue: 10.08.2017
Signatures: Governor of Maldives Monetary Authority: Dr. Azeema Adam
Serie: Ran Dhihafaheh
Specimen of: 10.05.2017
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 150 х 70
Printer: Thomas De La Rue & Co Ltd., Basingstoke

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Traditional drum - bodu beru.

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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On foreground is the famous football player from Maldives - Ali Ashfaq. Following the traditions of Islam, the face of the master of sports is not depicted.

Ali Ashfaq (born 6 September 1985), nicknamed "Dhagandey", is a Maldivian professional footballer who plays for Maldivian club TC Sports Club and the Maldives national team. He is a forward and serves as captain for Maldives. He is widely regarded as one of the best players in South Asian region along with Sunil Chhetri and Bhaichung Bhutia. He is noted for his strength, amazing dribbling skills and the capability of beating any sort of defenders, according to many coaches. He is a free-kick specialist and a clinical finisher. His trademark style of scoring is beating couple of defenders and rounding off the keeper to score. He is considered as the best Maldivian footballer ever most notably when he was named as the "World's 2nd Best Top Goal Scorer" in 2013 by IFFHS. He was also named as South Asia's Best Player in 2014 by In March 2016, Ashfaq completed his 50th goal mark for Maldives national team.

Ashfaq had been noticed by some big clubs in Europe like Portugal's S.L. Benfica, FC Porto, Turkish club Bursaspor, and many other clubs within Asia, but he refused those offers. However, he is the first ever Maldivian footballer to play abroad, and the only player to win a title with a foreign club. In November 2003, Ashfaq was honored with the most prestigious awards a Maldivian footballer would get, in the age of 18 – Maldivian Footballer of the Year and Golden Boot Award in 2003 season. With Club Valencia, New Radiant, VB Sports Club and PDRM FA, he has won Dhivehi League ten times, six FA Cup, four President's Cup, two Cup Winners' Cup, three Charity Shield, two POMIS Cup and one Malaysia Premier League.

Ashfaq began his professional career with Club Valencia, where he played for five years. In 2001, he won his first trophy, Dhivehi League. He was crowned as the top scorer of Maldivian football season in 2003, 2004 and 2005 consecutively. In 2006, he signed for New Radiant and won various trophies and he was named as Haveeru Best Footballer of the year in 2007 in his two-year period with New Radiant. Ashfaq moved to Brunei's DPMM FC in October 2007, and he joined VB Sports Club after two months and stayed with them until 2011. He again re-joined New Radiant in 2012, and during his time, he completed his 300th career goal and won all the domestic cups with the club in 2013 and moved to PDRM FA for 2014 season. In November 2014, Ashfaq won the Best Import Player Award in the Malaysia National Football Awards, for his outstanding performance with PDRM FA in 2014 Malaysia Premier League. Ashfaq was the vice-captain of PDRM for 2016 season and made the record of first ever Maldivian to captain a club abroad.

Ashfaq made his international debut for Maldives in December 2003, at the age of 18. He has since been capped over 70 times. Ashfaq is Maldives' all-time top scorer with 46 goals. He scored his first international goal in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Mongolia, he scored four times in the match. In 2008, he won the Most Valuable Player award in 2008 SAFF Championship. He was among the Top 10 Players of Asia in 2008 and 2009. He also was shortlisted among the Top 10 Players to watch by in 2012. He took over captaincy in 2009, and he led Maldives to the semi-finals at 2009 SAFF Championship. In September 2013, he became the all-time top scorer of the SAFF Championship after scoring 10 goals in the 2013 SAFF Championship with altogether of 18 goals. In May 2014, Ashfaq won his first medal as the captain of Maldives as they finished third in the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup. On 31 December 2015, Ashfaq concluded his last SAFF tournament from the semi finals, remaining as the all-time top scorer of the SAFF Suzuki Cup with 20 goals.

The background of the banknote is decorated with musicians and dancers, who perform traditional national dance Boduberu. One of them plays a traditional drum - bodu beru.

The net, in the background, is taken from the drum bodu beru.


Boduberu (Dhivehi: ބޮޑުބެރު) is similar to some of the songs and dances found in east and south west Africa. It is likely that the music was introduced to The Maldives by sailors from the Indian Ocean region. It may be said that Boduberu first made an appearance in The Maldives in the 11th Century AD, or possibly before that.

Boduberu is performed by about 20 people, including three drummers and a lead singer. They are accompanied by a small bell, a set of drums also known as a bodu beru, and an onugandu - a small piece of bamboo with horizontal grooves, from which raspy sounds are produced by scraping. The songs may be of heroism, romance or satire. The prelude to the song is a slow beat with emphasis on drumming, and dancing. As the song reaches a crescendo, one or two dancers maintain the wild beat with their frantic movements ending in some cases in a trance.

The costume of the performers is a sarong and a white short sleeved shirt.

Boduberu evolved among the common citizens as an alternative to court music. In the early days, the people gathered together to perform Boduberu, and it became widely accepted as the music of the common people. The performing of the music is often referred as "vibrating the island". A notable point about Boduberu is its noise and sometimes meaningless lyrics sung. The lyrics do not have a meaning, because it consists of a mixture of local, neighbouring and some African words. Today, meaningful songs written in the local language Dhivehi are sung to the rhythm of Boduberu.

Boduberu is usually sung after a hard day's work. The location is up to the performers. Today, Boduberu is an important item of entertainment at stage shows, celebrations and festivals.

The bodu beru is a Maldivian drum, made of wood from coconut tree trunk, and often grouped in trios. The instrument is used to accompany a dance of the same name, the Boduberu.

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On background is , also, the fish Wahoo.

Wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri) is a scombrid fish found worldwide in tropical and subtropical seas. It is best known to sports fishermen, as its speed and high-quality flesh make it a prize game fish. In Hawaii, the wahoo is known as ono.

The flesh of the wahoo is white to grey, delicate to dense, and highly regarded by many gourmets. The taste has been said to be similar to mackerel. This has created some demand for the wahoo as a premium-priced commercial food fish. In many areas of its range, such as Hawaii, Bermuda and many parts of the Caribbean, local demand for wahoo is met by artisanal commercial fishermen, who take them primarily by trolling, as well as by recreational sports fishermen who sell their catch.

The note illustrates that Maldives economy is entirely connected through various means of communication, despite being geographically dispersed.

Gray being a neutral color is used in this note, because it is the most appropriate color to represent things, which are enjoyed by everyone.

Denominations in numerals are in 3 corners, in words - in lower left corner.


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Charonia tritonis

Charonia tritonis, common name the Triton's trumpet or the giant triton, is a species of very large sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Ranellidae, the tritons. Reaching up to two feet (or 60 cm.) in shell length this is one of the biggest mollusks in the coral reef.

This species is found throughout the Indo-Pacific Oceans, Red Sea included.


The shell is well known as a decorative object, and is sometimes modified for use as a trumpet (such as the Japanese horagai, the Maldivian sangu or the Māori pūtātara).

Against the background of the banknote (according to my assumption) a view from above on the island of Ukulhas.

The Sangu (Conch shell), kept in the Ukulhas council is said to be one of the oldest heritages found in the Ukulhas throughout the recent couple of decades. The conch shell is believed to have existed since the time of first historically known head of Island administration, Mr. Katheeb Kaleyfaanu (Javaahirumaage’, Aa.Ukulhas) who became the head of Ukulhas administration during the reign of Mohammed Shamsuddin III. For generations, in Ukulhas, the Katheeb (Head of Island Administration) would call the islanders to gather by blowing the Conch Shell for several occasions such as pulling fishing vessel ashore and pushing fishing vessel offshore, collecting logs from forest for firewood, before Friday prayer for bringing public attention, calling for the meal before the down prayer during the month of Ramadan and during the emergency situation. Conch shell blowing intervals were varied accordance with the males and females. The sound of conch shell would resonate throughout the Island by alerting the people. It used to be blown two times in three consecutive period by providing a short pause between each blown period for gathering of females, three times of blown periods were provided consecutively by providing short pause between each blown period for gathering of males and four times in three consecutive times of blown periods were provided for gathering of males and females together. In order to gather males and females in the emergency situation, short intervals of blowing were made consecutively without the pause.

Ukulhas(Dhivehi: އުކުޅަސް), one of the inhabited islands of Alif Alif Atoll, is a uniquely featured, environmentally friendly island in the Maldives.

Ukulhas is well known for its cleanliness, well-maintained waste management system and also known as first systematically waste managed island in the history of Republic of Maldives. Ukulhas conducts several cleaning and planting programs each year and organizes several awareness programs on waste management, marine ecosystems, and biodiversity. As being recognized as an environmental role model island in the Republic of Maldives, Ukulhas achieved a Green Leaf award in 2014 for its outstanding services on protecting and preserving the island's environment.

Conch Shell is a medium used by the government to gather people to communicate with them in early days. It serves as an apt example of how far we have progressed, as numerous modern alternatives of modes of communication are now available.

The line pattern used in the background of the note depicts the social connectivity between different regions of the country.