Postage stamps and postal history of the Maldives

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A 1909 stamp of the Maldive Islands

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]

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


  1. ^ Stamps of the British Empire issued during the reign of King Edward VII by John Williams, Royal Philatelic Society London. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
  2. ^ Retrieved 25 August 2010.
  3. ^ Maldives Post - About Us. Retrieved 25 August 2010. Archived here.

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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