Many of you have been to the Maldives on holiday, but I’ll bet you have never seen this
coin. It is a 1/2 Larin issued at the end of the 1700’s beginning of the 1800’s. It has
Arabic writing on both sides, they converted to Islam by the 13th Century. The condition is
Good Very Fine and they are a wonderful small coin, one that we have never offered before.
We would guess that most people who live in the Maldives have never even seen one, let alone
owned one. Supplies are limited and it is the first time that we have been able to offer it for
The Maldives, a nation of many islands, joined the Royal Mint’s series of crownsized
coins to honour the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations in 1996. The
Maldives are in jeopardy of disappearing due to the rising oceans, one day they might
just not exist.
You have the United Nations building in New York with the 50th Anniversary
emblem on one side and the arms of the Maldives on the other side. Unfortunately this
Royal Mint series really didn’t take off, so today these crownsized Rufiyaa coins are
difficult to find. All our coins are in Brilliant Uncirculated condition and are now
some 22 years old.
Set of five: 1 Cent, 2 Cents, 10 Cents, ¼ Rupee and ½ Rupee.
Four of the coins are dated 1978 and have the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, the 1 Cent is dated 1949 and has the portrait of
King George VI. A most unusual and difficult set to get these days.