Postage stamps and postal history of the Maldives

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A 1967 stamp featuring the Hulhulé Airport.

This is a survey of the postage stamps and postal history of the Maldives.

The Maldive Islands are located in the Indian Ocean and are formed by a double chain of twenty-six atolls stretching in a north-south direction off India's Lakshadweep islands, between Minicoy Island and Chagos Archipelago. They stand in the Laccadive Sea, about seven hundred kilometers south-west of Sri Lanka.

First stamps[edit]

Stamp of Ceylon overprinted for the Maldives, 1906.

The first stamps used in the islands were overprinted stamps of Ceylon issued on 9 September 1906. When those ran out, un-overprinted stamps of Ceylon were used.

The 1909 series depicting a minaret.
A 1950 stamp of the Maldives Islands.

The first stamps inscribed "Maldives" were issued on 15 May 1909.[1][2][3][4]


On 26 July 1965, the sultanate gained independence from the United Kingdom.

In 1968, the Republic of Maldives was established.

1964 issue commemorating Islam in the Maldives.


Further reading[edit]

  • Proud, Ted. The Postal History of B.I.O.T, Maldive Islands and Seychelles. Heathfield, Sussex: Proud Bailey Ltd.

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