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Maldives Gold Coins

Brief Maldives History
The Maldives was long a sultanate, first under Dutch and then under British protection. It became a republic in 1968, three years after independence. Since 1978, President Maumoon Abdul GAYOOM - currently in his sixth term in office - has dominated the islands' political scene. Following riots in the capital Male in August 2004, the president and his government pledged to embark upon democratic reforms, including a more representative political system and expanded political freedoms. Progress has been slow, however, and many promised reforms have been delayed indefinitely. Tourism and fishing are being developed on the archipelago.

Maldives Gold Coins
Although gold Mohur denominations were issued under the Sultans, the first recent modern issue of Maldives gold coins was in 1978. These are all commemoratives.

1995 50 Rufiyaa
Our photographs show a 50 rufiyaa (rupees) dated 1995.
It was issued and marketed as "One of the World's Smallest Gold Coins", or similar!


  • Obverse
    The coat of arms of the Maldives.
  • Reverse
    Skylab in space, with the legend (inscription):
    1000 RUFIYAA
  • Edge
    The edge is milled (grained):-

Technical Specifications
DenominationDiameterWeightFinenessGold Content
50 Rufiyaa13.831.2442.9999.04

Prices & Availability
Please telephone for current prices and availability.
DateDenominationGradeMintageAvailabilityPrice £Price $
199550 RufiyaaProof, FDC25,000 Ask £Ask $Ask

Postage & Packing
UK Registered Post (Special Delivery) £9 per order
EU Insured Post £10 per order
USA Airmail $10 per order
USA Insured Shipping by Fedex $40 per order

Maldives Silver and Base Metal Coins
For silver and base metal coins of Maldives, please look at our original Chard Coins website.

Coins Wanted
We make an active market in almost all world coins, gold or otherwise, including Maldives gold coins. If you have any of these coins to sell, please contact us, or post them to us for appraisal and offer.

Obverse of 1897 Maldives 50 Rufiyaa
Obverse of 1995 Maldives50 Rufiyaa

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Skylab on Reverse of 1995 Maldives 50 Rufiyaa
Maldives Flycatcher on Reverse of 1995 Maldives50 Rufiyaa


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