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Total commemorative banknotes issued is under 1,500 pieces. If you have achieved any figures close to this, then you are doing extremely well, as many of the older commemorative notes are hard to find even in poor conditions.

Opinion: Many collectors of commemorative banknotes would have come across with those Somaliland sets overprinted with gold and silver texts with the following wordings - 5th Anniversary of Independence 18 May 1996 [Sanad Gurade 5ee Gobanimadda 18 May 1996]. I believe these are "home made" (or fake) and not authorised by the central bank. My argument is simple. No central bank would have issued an overprint commemorative banknote that the texts are so large that it would cover the two signatures on the note as well as part of the serial numbers. Even if these are genuine notes, then these could be issued as souvenir sheets and not as legal tender. As I said before, this is my opinion. If you have paid top dollars for these, please think about my argument. There is always a sucker around the corner, including me of course!

All comments are most welcome but it has to be subjects related to banknotes or banknotes collection. If not, it will not be approved. Thanks

01 April 2016

Maldives - 2015/2016 New Series Limited Folder Issue (Only 454 Sets Made Available)

Ten Rufiyaa
Dated 2015, P25 - men & women playing drums, man climbing coconut
Reverse - local drum (culture)
Twenty Rufiyaa
Dated 2015, P26 - International airport, man with tuna fishes
Reverse - Dhoni sail boat
(industrial and economic progress)
Fifty Rufiyaa
Dated 2015, P27 - men pulling boat, boy reciting the holy Quran
Reverse - Minaret of a mosque,
(unity and Islamic values)
One Hundred Rufiyaa
Dated 2015, P28 - group of locals, woman weaving dress
Reverse - early Dhivehi scripture,
(nationalism and Maldives native
 Five Hundred Rufiyaa
Dated 2015, P29 - women making ekels
Reverse - traditional hand carved
vase, (ancestral craftsmanship)
One Thousand Rufiyaa
Dated 2015, P30 - green turtle
Reverse - whale shark,
(the beauty in Maldives surrounding)
This is a set of new series of "Ran Dhihafaheh" (Golden 50) Polymer notes issued on 26.01.2016, with denominations from 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 Rufiyaa. The launching for this new series was supposed to be made in October 2015 but was postponed without any official reason given. The intention was to introduce these new notes into circulation in December 2015. The 5 Rufiyaa has been replaced by a coin. Like the 5000 Rufiyaa, a new denomination of 1000 Rufiyaa has also be included in this new series. This is the first time in more than 30 years that a new series of banknotes is introduced by Central Bank. The notes bear the governor signature of Dr Azeema Adam. All notes were printed by De la Rue. DLR has been printing Maldivian banknotes since 1947.

In addition to the general issue, the central bank has also released the full set in a presentation folder with all notes printed with matching serial numbers. A total sets of 421 were issued to the public. The numbers selected are based on the date format from 05/11/2015 to 31/12/2016, therefore the first set of the folder is A051015 to A311216 ie October 2-15 - 27 sets; November 2015 - 30 sets; December 2015 - 31 sets; and 2016 - 366 sets = 454 sets. This set that I have posted here has the date of 10/10/2016 (ie A101016 / ހ‎101016). It is not sure why they did not used the low serial numbered notes instead for this special occasion. By any standard, 421 sets are not a lot given that serious collectors around the world will be looking for a set for their own collection at least.

To assist those who are vitally impaired, all notes are printed with indented tactile features: -
10 Rufiyaa - 14 dots in a shape of a triangle;
20 Rufiyaa - 13 dots in a shape of a capital squarish letter C;
50 Rufiyaa - 13 dots in a shape of a cross (X);
100 Rufiyaa - 16 dots in a shape of a square;
500 Rufiyaa - 5 dots each in two vertical lines; and
1000 Rufiyaa - 12 dots in a shape of a circle.
Front Cover
Back Cover

1 comment:

  1. Maldives currency notes are very beautiful. I would like to collect Maldives currency notes.

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