Sharing my early Maldive Islands philately (pre-1970)

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Re: Sharing my early Maldive Islands philately (pre-1970)

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I recently browsed the internet for Maldives postal items from Gan RAF base, the southernmost island of Addu Atoll.
QSL card from Gan, 1961, showing Addu Atoll and Gan Island <br />at the southern end of the western island group of the atoll (40' south of the Equator)
QSL card from Gan, 1961, showing Addu Atoll and Gan Island
at the southern end of the western island group of the atoll (40' south of the Equator)
Here's a pleasant surprise that Google provided:
Gan cover, 1970: 5d Forces rate cover to UK<br />Field Post Office 166 cds
Gan cover, 1970: 5d Forces rate cover to UK
Field Post Office 166 cds
Maldives: related images
Maldives: related images
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If those images look familiar, you won't be surprised when I confirm they are all from this thread.
When Google has a bot visit Stampboards from time to time, the bot pays attention to the captions
we add to our posted images, and that ensures they are recorded in Google's search database.
That's one reason why it's important to add specific captions to the posted images.

Using category C6 of the Index at
https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?t=95451&start=501
I was able to relocate the 1970 Gan cover in the post at
https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?t=95451&start=98
You will also find some geographical information about Gan in that post.

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Two photo postcards of Gan Island, Addu Atoll.

I have recently acquired these two strikingly attractive postcards:
Gan Island, Addu Atoll, Maldives:<br />Upper card: fishing boats near shore, late afternoon<br />Lower card: aerial view, with airfield clearly visible<br />lagoon to the left (east), ocean to the right (west)
Gan Island, Addu Atoll, Maldives:
Upper card: fishing boats near shore, late afternoon
Lower card: aerial view, with airfield clearly visible
lagoon to the left (east), ocean to the right (west)
Backs of the Gan postcards<br />Upper card: unaddressed<br />Lower card: Postally used to Singapore, FPO 1964<br />5d postage, carried as RAF forces mail
Backs of the Gan postcards
Upper card: unaddressed
Lower card: Postally used to Singapore, FPO 1964
5d postage, carried as RAF forces mail
The real photo postcards were printed in Great Britain, but likely produced for sale to service personnel
based in Gan, and available in the local NAAFI store (Navy, Army and Air Force Institute store).

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Here are two 1909 covers, from the Maldives to India, recently sold:

Cover 1, sent on 11 Sep 1909
COVER 1: Maldives to India<br />cds Maldive Islands 11.IX.09 on 2c and 3c minaret<br />forwarding cds Colombo 18 Sep 09<br />two Indian date stamps that I don't understand:<br />20 Sep 09 arrival cds (?)<br />21 Sep 09 delivery cds (?)
COVER 1: Maldives to India
cds Maldive Islands 11.IX.09 on 2c and 3c minaret
forwarding cds Colombo 18 Sep 09
two Indian date stamps that I don't understand:
20 Sep 09 arrival cds (?)
21 Sep 09 delivery cds (?)
COVER 1: Maldives to India (address side)<br />To Ragaballi Mula Miyajar (?)<br />Wia 1 Yuticorin at Bombay (?)
COVER 1: Maldives to India (address side)
To Ragaballi Mula Miyajar (?)
Wia 1 Yuticorin at Bombay (?)
_________________

Cover 2, sent on 21 Oct 1909
COVER 2: Maldives to India<br />cds Maldive Islands 21.X.09 on 5c minaret<br />forwarding cds Colombo 25 Oct 09<br />delivery cds Umanabadi (?) 29 Oct 09
COVER 2: Maldives to India
cds Maldive Islands 21.X.09 on 5c minaret
forwarding cds Colombo 25 Oct 09
delivery cds Umanabadi (?) 29 Oct 09
COVER 2: Maldives to India (address side)<br />To Ragaballi Mula Miyajar (?)<br />Wia 1 Yuticorin at Bombay (?)<br />Arrival date stamp lower right (?)
COVER 2: Maldives to India (address side)
To Ragaballi Mula Miyajar (?)
Wia 1 Yuticorin at Bombay (?)
Arrival date stamp lower right (?)
_________________


These two covers were sent during the first year the Minaret stamps were on issue.
Both pay 5c postage. Sent about 6 weeks apart, they are addressed to the same recipient,
evidently by the same sender, probably part of an ongoing correspondence.

I tried to acquire these two covers, but was outbid. They finally sold for US$144.00 plus
the hidden costs.

If any knowledgeable viewer is able to clarify the arrival and delivery date stamps, or any other
aspect of these two covers, I would be very grateful.

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A registered Maldives cover to Scotland
Maldives, 1973: Registered cover to Scotland,<br />Red R MALÉ label, black number<br />  On Maldivian Government Service, Official Paid  hand stamp<br />cds Malé Regd/ 6Apr1973 /Maldives
Maldives, 1973: Registered cover to Scotland,
Red R MALÉ label, black number
On Maldivian Government Service, Official Paid hand stamp
cds Malé Regd/ 6Apr1973 /Maldives
Back of cover: Sender General Post Office<br />Flap tied by Malé Regd cancel (see front)<br />Two distinct transit strikes in Colombo regd 8 Apr 1973
Back of cover: Sender General Post Office
Flap tied by Malé Regd cancel (see front)
Two distinct transit strikes in Colombo regd 8 Apr 1973
Most likely the cover contained Maldivian stamps for the recipient collector.

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Another registered cover from the Maldives

Malé to Jersey, 1986: registered cover, postage 5.67 rufiyaa
Malé to Jersey, 1986: registered cover, postage 5.67 rufiyaa
Two circular date stamp strikes: Registered Malé Maldives, 14 June 1986
Franking:
National Development
7 laree, Education (SG 1022)
Ships Old and New
2.60 rufiyaa, Modern dhoni (SG 1111)
3.00 rufiyaa, Baththeli dhoni (SG 1113)
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Incoming mail from West Germany to the Maldives

Eriyadoo Island, North Malé Atoll
Eriyadoo Island, North Malé Atoll
Munich, W.Germany to Eriyadoo [Eriyadu] Island, Rep. of Maldives<br />Franking 20pf, 120pf architecture, cds München, 31.12.83
Munich, W.Germany to Eriyadoo [Eriyadu] Island, Rep. of Maldives
Franking 20pf, 120pf architecture, cds München, 31.12.83
Munich, W.Germany to Eriyadoo [Eriyadu] Island, Rep. of Maldives<br />Franking 2 x 10pf, 40pf, 80pf architecture, cds München, 4.2.84
Munich, W.Germany to Eriyadoo [Eriyadu] Island, Rep. of Maldives
Franking 2 x 10pf, 40pf, 80pf architecture, cds München, 4.2.84
Gilching, W.Germany to Eriyadoo [Eriyadu] Island, Rep. of Maldives<br />Franking 2 x 80pf architecture, cds Gilching, 21.4.84
Gilching, W.Germany to Eriyadoo [Eriyadu] Island, Rep. of Maldives
Franking 2 x 80pf architecture, cds Gilching, 21.4.84
Covers addressed to one or both members of a couple
at the Sub Aqua Diving Base on Eriyadoo Island
Perhaps they were working as diving instructors,
and the letters were related to planned visits
by intending diving holiday-makers.
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Maldivian currency on stamps issued in 2015

Maldives, 2015: World Wildlife Fund <br />4 x 22 rufiyaa (MVR) Green Humphead Parrotfish stamps, minisheet in shape of parrotfish
Maldives, 2015: World Wildlife Fund
4 x 22 rufiyaa (MVR) Green Humphead Parrotfish stamps, minisheet in shape of parrotfish
Maldives, 2015: World Wildlife Fund <br />70 rufiyaa (MVR) Green Humphead Parrotfish stamp, minisheet in shape of parrotfish
Maldives, 2015: World Wildlife Fund
70 rufiyaa (MVR) Green Humphead Parrotfish stamp, minisheet in shape of parrotfish
Maldives, 2015: Fauna of Indian Subcontinent<br />4 x 22 rufiyaa (Rf) Asian Elephants, rectangular minisheet<br />(Sc 3326; Mi 5629-5632)
Maldives, 2015: Fauna of Indian Subcontinent
4 x 22 rufiyaa (Rf) Asian Elephants, rectangular minisheet
(Sc 3326; Mi 5629-5632)
MVR or Rf
The face values of the parrotfish stamps use the abbreviation MVR,
whereas the face values of the Indian elephant stamps use Rf.
Prior to 2015, stamp face values use Rf, while after 2015 stamp face
values always use MVR.
The abbreviation MVR is the international symbol in current use for the Maldivian rufiyaa.
The rufiyaa was previously represented by the currency symbol Rf. The name rufiyaa is derived
from the Sanskrit word rupyasilver.


Current foreign exchange for MVR

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A first flight cover from the Maldives.

Maldives to Germany, 10 Dec 2015<br />Lufthansa first flight, Malé to Frankfurt<br />Boxed red handstamp for 10 Dec 2015,<br />even though printed text on cover mistakenly has 11 Dec 2015<br />Maldives Post datestamp and Frankfurt arrival datestamp both show 10 Dec 2015
Maldives to Germany, 10 Dec 2015
Lufthansa first flight, Malé to Frankfurt
Boxed red handstamp for 10 Dec 2015,
even though printed text on cover mistakenly has 11 Dec 2015
Maldives Post datestamp and Frankfurt arrival datestamp both show 10 Dec 2015
Note that the face value of the turtle stamp is shown as MVR15
(See the currency discussion in the previous post.)

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The new Rufiyaa Symbol

https://bit.ly/3P1fi4m
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RogerE wrote: 03 Jul 2022 01:26
The face values of the parrotfish stamps use the abbreviation MVR,
whereas the face values of the Indian elephant stamps use Rf.
Prior to 2015, stamp face values use Rf, while after 2015 stamp face
values always use MVR.
The abbreviation MVR is the international symbol in current use for the Maldivian rufiyaa.
The rufiyaa was previously represented by the currency symbol Rf. The name rufiyaa is derived
from the Sanskrit word rupyasilver.


Current foreign exchange for MVR

Google data:
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Thanks Peter = PetCin88. The Dhivehi script version of rufiyaa, in Thaana script, is

ރުފިޔާ
[rufiyaa]
The initial Thaana consonant is
ރraa
The currency symbol is this character with an additional cross-stroke.
In PetCin88's post, the arrowed path in the large character shows how the character can be written continuously, without lifting the pen.

Following the dollar symbol , the addition of an extra stroke is used for the currency symbol for other currencies, such as the Indian rupee, the Japanese yen, the Vietnamese dong, and the euro.
Examples:
$ £ € ¥ Ð ₹


The first nine characters of Thaana script are derived from the nine nonzero Perso-Arabic numerals.
In particular, raa is derived from the numeral for "four" ۴.
First nine consonants of Thaana script
First nine consonants of Thaana script
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thaana
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Two more postal items from Gan to Great Britain.

Gan, Maldives to London, 1965: Cover sent at<br />British Forces airmail rate of 3d
Gan, Maldives to London, 1965: Cover sent at
British Forces airmail rate of 3d
Detail: Field Post Office 51 date stamp, 27 April 1965 on GB QEII 3d (SG 575)
Detail: Field Post Office 51 date stamp, 27 April 1965 on GB QEII 3d (SG 575)
FPO 51 is a relatively scarce postmark
.
Postcard: Aerial view of Gan Island and Reef<br />Note RAF landing strip
Postcard: Aerial view of Gan Island and Reef
Note RAF landing strip
Gan, Maldives to England, 1968:<br />Message and address side of postcard,<br />sent at British Forces airmail rate of 5d.
Gan, Maldives to England, 1968:
Message and address side of postcard,
sent at British Forces airmail rate of 5d.
Detail: Field Post Office [166(?)] date stamp,<br />16 Dec 1968 on GB QEII 5d (SG 735)
Detail: Field Post Office [166(?)] date stamp,
16 Dec 1968 on GB QEII 5d (SG 735)
.
Sender was in transit to Perth, then Sydney in Australia.

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Caring for the environment has been a high level policy concern for decades, as this 50 year old set attests:

Maldives, 1972: set of five stamps commemorating <br />the U.N. Environmental Conservation Conference<br />imperforate marginal blocks of four (SG 423var-427var)
Maldives, 1972: set of five stamps commemorating
the U.N. Environmental Conservation Conference
imperforate marginal blocks of four (SG 423var-427var)
I recently acquired this set — yet to arrive, so I am showing the eBay illustration.

1972 UN Conference on the Human Environment
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https://www.un.org/en/conferences/environment/stockholm1972


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Another Gan postcard

Gan, Maldives, 1974: postcard showing a large group of dhonis — traditional fishing boats
Gan, Maldives, 1974: postcard showing a large group of dhonis — traditional fishing boats
Address side of card, Gan to Devon,<br />cds Field Post Office 166, 24 June(?) 1974<br />Franked GB 3½p Paquebot Peninsular
Address side of card, Gan to Devon,
cds Field Post Office 166, 24 June(?) 1974
Franked GB 3½p Paquebot Peninsular
Card printed by Richardson Printers, Brighouse, Yorkshire
— probably intended for NAAFI sales to RAF personnel on Gan
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Another Dear Doctor postcard from the Maldives

Malé to Ontario, Canada, 1962: Dear Doctor postcard, franked 5L antimalaria (SG 90)
Malé to Ontario, Canada, 1962: Dear Doctor postcard, franked 5L antimalaria (SG 90)
Pictorial side shows the usual view of the minaret of the Juma Mosque
Malé scroll datestamp, 27 Dec 1962
Destination Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
Postage 5L, because destination was a Commonwealth country
(similar cards to USA required 7L postage)


This is my first Canadian destination example of the Abbott "Dear Doctor" postcards from Malé.
Although it has a coffee (?) stain on the left, I still added it to my collection because of the destination.

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Here is another cover from the Correl correspondence, between Ugoofaaru in the Maldives and Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Two other covers are shown in earlier posts in this thread. The first is at
https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?p=8578882#p8578882

Maldives, 1984: Cover from Ugoofaaru, Raa Atoll<br />to Colombo, Sri Lanka.<br />3x circular datestamps Ugoofaaru, Maldives, 19 Dec 1984
Maldives, 1984: Cover from Ugoofaaru, Raa Atoll
to Colombo, Sri Lanka.
3x circular datestamps Ugoofaaru, Maldives, 19 Dec 1984
Sender's name and address on back of envelope
Sender's name and address on back of envelope
.
Significantly, this cover and the one in the link given above were both postmarked 19 Dec 1984, and addressed to the same family recipient in Colombo — though this one is destined to a Post Office box, while the earlier one was destined to a street address.

Once again, the price realised for this cover on eBay left me empty-handed. The cover has probably gone to the same person who bought the earlier examples reported in this thread. The cover sold for US$61.00 plus whatever additional costs were incurred for postage, etc. I think the buyer must be interested in the origin and nice date stamps.

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57th Anniversary Maldives Independence Day

26th June 1965 - 26th June 2022
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5000 Rufiyaa issued 2015 to celebrate 50 Years of Independence
5000 Rufiyaa issued 2015 to celebrate 50 Years of Independence
5000 Rufiyaa issued 2015 to celebrate 50 Years of Independence
5000 Rufiyaa issued 2015 to celebrate 50 Years of Independence
10,000 Rufiyaa Revenue stamp to celebrate 50 Years of Independence 2015
10,000 Rufiyaa Revenue stamp to celebrate 50 Years of Independence 2015
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56 Years Ago today (1st August 1966) the 1/2 Rufiyaa (50 Laari) stopped circulation / stopped being Legal Tender
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I just updated my Maldives Banknote thread (which it was unfortunately re-named by someone - I don't like the new name)

Scans of all Banknotes from 1947 to 2018

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The Maldive Islands (seldom left in the lurch when it comes to issuing of thematics and topicals!) has occasionally got into the feline mode:


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Maldive Islands 2002 73rd anniversary of the Maldives Feline Club.


Wikipedia wrote:A spy scandal in the Feline Club

In October 1994, during a visa verification check in Thiruvananthapuram, police found the explanations of two Maldivian women, Mariam Rasheeda and Fauziyya Hassan, suspicious. A diary written in Dhivehi language was found in a raid on Rasheeda's lodgings. Police said that it indicated she was a member of the National Security Service of Maldives. A first information report filed by police mentioned instances of Rasheeda contacting D Sasikumaran, then a general manager at Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre. A report that Rasheeda and Hassan were frequent visitors to the Pakistani embassy in Maldives spurred an investigation by Intelligence Bureau and Research and Analysis Wing officials. The two women were arrested for overstaying their visa as well as under the Official Secrets Act. Based on their interrogation, which was recorded on video, Sasikumaran and K Chandrasekhar, a representative of Glavkosmos, were arrested in November. In the interrogation, it was alleged that Narayanan and Sasikumaran were to collect documents; Chandrasekhar would arrange logistics and payments; and Raman Srivastava, an Inspector General of Police in Kerala police, would transfer the documents to Alexi Vassive of Ural Aviation, who would forward it to Glavkosmos. Sasikumaran claimed that Narayanan and Vassive had already brokered a transfer of plans of Viking engines to Brazil in 1989–90. A Pakistani scientist and a woman working with Pakistani High Commission in Colombo were also named.

No cats were harmed during the police raids.
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Panterra,
When I click on your cat stamps scan I got enlarged high resolution scan in a new web page. I tried other scans in this thread and others, but it doesn’t work. How do you do it? Is there an option in SB to do it?
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Eli wrote: 07 Aug 2022 01:40 Panterra,
When I click on your cat stamps scan I got enlarged high resolution scan in a new web page. I tried other scans in this thread and others, but it doesn’t work. How do you do it? Is there an option in SB to do it?
Yes, I get that same result. But unsure why it happens.

I blame the Maldivian Secret Police. ;)
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Panterra wrote: 07 Aug 2022 01:56
Eli wrote: 07 Aug 2022 01:40 Panterra,
When I click on your cat stamps scan I got enlarged high resolution scan in a new web page. I tried other scans in this thread and others, but it doesn’t work. How do you do it? Is there an option in SB to do it?
Yes, I get that same result. But unsure why it happens.

I blame the Maldivian Secret Police. ;)
Ohh, what a disappointment! I thought there is a option in SB to do it. This is important to me when I post engraved stamps and want people see the stamp details. Any way, thanks your graceful answer with bit of humor
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Registered stampless official cover from Maldives Post to recipient in Hastings, New Zealand.

Maldives to New Zealand<br />Stampless registered cover, with SIX handstamps<br />• Boxed rectangular date stamp <br />Maldives – POST/ REGISTERED/ 23 JUL 1998/ MALE'<br />• Boxed red Maldives – POST R S P 17426<br />• Boxed ON POSTAL SERVICE<br />• Boxed POSTAGE PAID (and in Dhivehi)<br />• Double ring Maldives Post Limited Official emblem<br />• Added NZ registered numbered label, with translucent adhesive portion <br />over black Maldivian handstamp: 30 1968-1998 (celebrating 30 years as Republic)
Maldives to New Zealand
Stampless registered cover, with SIX handstamps
• Boxed rectangular date stamp
Maldives – POST/ REGISTERED/ 23 JUL 1998/ MALE'
• Boxed red Maldives – POST R S P 17426
• Boxed ON POSTAL SERVICE
• Boxed POSTAGE PAID (and in Dhivehi)
• Double ring Maldives Post Limited Official emblem
• Added NZ registered numbered label, with translucent adhesive portion
over black Maldivian handstamp: 30 1968-1998 (celebrating 30 years as Republic)
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PetCin88 wrote: 06 Aug 2022 22:47 I just updated my Maldives Banknote thread (which it was unfortunately re-named by someone - I don't like the new name)

Scans of all Banknotes from 1947 to 2018

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In recent weeks I have acquired several nice Maldives items, some modern, some very early. I'm planning to post images of several today. The first is a pair of attractive flower thematics — the Maldives have issued many stamps depicting flowers, typically very attractive, sufficient to make a nice thematic collection by themselves!

Maldives: flower thematics<br />Rf1 — Hippeasterum puniceum, Easter Lily; <br />Rf7 — Hibiscus manibor(?), Hibiscus species.
Maldives: flower thematics
Rf1 — Hippeasterum puniceum, Easter Lily;
Rf7 — Hibiscus manibor(?), Hibiscus species.
My items have not yet arrived, so I'm showing the on-line images.
I can't quite read the specific names of the hibiscus. Although the
Wikipedia article on the genus Hibiscus lists almost 150 species, this
one doesn't seem to be on that list!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hibiscus
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A Maldives registered official business cover from 1984:

Malé, Msaldives to New York City, NY, USA:<br />Registered official business cover, to publishing company Random House<br />Handstsmped REGISTERED and separately boxed Malé GPO R/ S P/ ms 2734<br />Franking Rf6 Solidarity with Palestinians (SG 1020)<br />cds Registered Malé Maldives, 21 May 1984
Malé, Msaldives to New York City, NY, USA:
Registered official business cover, to publishing company Random House
Handstsmped REGISTERED and separately boxed Malé GPO R/ S P/ ms 2734
Franking Rf6 Solidarity with Palestinians (SG 1020)
cds Registered Malé Maldives, 21 May 1984
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Other registered official covers shown on this thread are stampless, so it's interesting that this cover has a stamp. The stampless covers shown earlier mainly came from the GPO (presumably servicing philatelic customers), whereas this cover probably originated from a different Government department. Earlier examples have reference numbers beginning F or FG (Philatelic section, GPO?) or L (Information and Broadcasting), whereas the reference number of the cover shown here begins 106-A.

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A pair of very early covers from the Maldives to Bombay, India.

These covers bear proper contemporary use of the first minaret definitives. Although the covers are in rather poor shape, surviving on-cover usage of these stamps is very uncommon. My 2018 "SG 1840-1970" catalogue suggests a value multiplication factor "from x50" for such on-cover usage.

Maldives to Bombay, India, 1909-1910: <br />two covers, backs — stamped side<br />Cover 1 (top): 2x cds Maldive Islands, 5.XII.09, tying 2¢ and 3¢ minaret definitives (SG 7, 8)<br />Forwarding date stamp: Colombo, 16 Dec 1909<br />Heavily inked illegible delivery stamp.<br />Cover 2 (bottom): cds Maldive Islands, 7.VIII.10, tying 5¢ minaret definitive (SG 9)<br />Forwarding date stamp: Colombo,10 Aug 1910<br />Delivery stamp: Umarkhadi, 26 Aug 1910<br />[southern district of Bombay]
Maldives to Bombay, India, 1909-1910:
two covers, backs — stamped side
Cover 1 (top): 2x cds Maldive Islands, 5.XII.09, tying 2¢ and 3¢ minaret definitives (SG 7, 8)
Forwarding date stamp: Colombo, 16 Dec 1909
Heavily inked illegible delivery stamp.
Cover 2 (bottom): cds Maldive Islands, 7.VIII.10, tying 5¢ minaret definitive (SG 9)
Forwarding date stamp: Colombo,10 Aug 1910
Delivery stamp: Umarkhadi, 26 Aug 1910
[southern district of Bombay]
Maldives to Bombay, India, 1909-1910: <br />two covers, fronts — addressed side<br />Cover 1: heavily reduced at left<br />Cover 2: missing corners top left, bottom right
Maldives to Bombay, India, 1909-1910:
two covers, fronts — addressed side
Cover 1: heavily reduced at left
Cover 2: missing corners top left, bottom right
With modest probability(!), I suggest that the addresses of both covers (written
by two different people) conclude with the prestigious title of the recipient:
બાઈબદર [શાહ]
Baibadar [Shah]
Compare:
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Note that the Maldivian date stamps on the first cover show 55.XII.09 on the right, and []5.XII.09 on the left (where [] indicates a solid rectangle). Conjecture: use of datestamps was a relatively unfamiliar activity so early in the use of postage stamps in the Maldives, so the first strike (on the right) contained an unexpected "55", so the postal clerk adjusted the datestamp before adding the corrected second strike (on the left).

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You are very lucky Roger to obtain that nice 1909 cover! Such an early use of the 1909 definitives!

A true miracle that the old envelope survived this long in Bombay!
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To culminate this group of recently acquired Maldives covers, here is a fine cover bearing two examples of the 1906 first issue, MALDIVES overprinted on contemporary KEVII Ceylon definitives, and used in period.

Cover from Maldives to Colombo, Ceylon<br />Printed business address to Colombo<br />Franked with two KEVII 5¢ MALDIVES on Ceylon stamps (SG 4)<br />Single cds strike, Maldive Islands, 37.I.07 [sic]
Cover from Maldives to Colombo, Ceylon
Printed business address to Colombo
Franked with two KEVII 5¢ MALDIVES on Ceylon stamps (SG 4)
Single cds strike, Maldive Islands, 37.I.07 [sic]
Detail of cds on the above cover<br />&quot;37.I.07&quot; [sic]
Detail of cds on the above cover
"37.I.07" [sic]
Note that the Maldivian date stamp shows "37.I.07", probably intended to be 27.I.07. Matching the commentary on datestamps in the previous post, I conjecture that use of datestamps was a relatively unfamiliar activity so early in the use of postage stamps in the Maldives, and the unexpected "37" was either overlooked or not properly preset by the postal clerk.

Note about the address
Wikipedia wrote:Pettah is a neighbourhood in Colombo, Sri Lanka located east of the city centre Fort, and behind the Colombo Port. The Pettah neighborhood is famous for the Pettah Market, a series of open air bazaars and markets. It is one of Sri Lanka's busiest commercial areas, where a huge number of wholesale and retail shops, buildings, commercial institutions and other organisations are located.

The main market segment is designed like a gigantic crossword puzzle, where one may traverse through the entire markets from dawn till dusk, but not completely cover every part of it.

Pettah is derived from Tamil: Pettai, an Anglo-Indian word used to indicate a suburb outside a fort. Today, the Sinhala phrase, pita-kotuwa (outside the fort) conveniently describes the same place.
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I am a few days late - oops 😓

Happy 75th Birthday Maldivian Rufiyaa

"12 August 1947 the People’s Majlis (Council) passed Bill No. 2/66 (The Bill on Maldivian Bank Notes) which authorized the introduction of Maldivian bank notes and the withdrawal of Indian and Ceylonese bank notes. The Bill also authorized the formation of a committee to oversee matters concerning the Maldivian monetary system. The committee consisted of Government Ministers and Members of the People's Majlis"

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Interesting historical photograph, thanks PetCin88.
I wonder whether there is information available to identify the individuals shown?


Recall the ca 1905 postcard from four decades earlier, shown earlier in this thread:
Centre: Sultan Muhammad Imaaduddeen VI
Centre: Sultan Muhammad Imaaduddeen VI
https://stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?t=95451&start=391
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A set of 1980 Maldivian stamps celebrated Sultans of the late 1600s and early 1700s
by showing their personal seals:
Maldives, 1980: Seals of the sultans<br />(Sc 868-872, Mi 890-894)
Maldives, 1980: Seals of the sultans
(Sc 868-872, Mi 890-894)
1L: Ibrahim II (1720-1750)
2L: Mohamed Imadudeen II (1704-1720)
5L: Mohamed bin Haji Ali (1692-1701)
1R: Kuda Mohamed Rasgefaanu (1687-1691)
2R: Ibrahim Iskander I (1684-1687)
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RogerE wrote: 25 Aug 2022 14:37 Interesting historical photograph, thanks PetCin88.
I wonder whether there is information available to identify the individuals shown?


Recall the ca 1905 postcard from four decades earlier, shown earlier in this thread:
Image
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Just to clarify, may I reconnect the 1947 photograph shown by PetCin88 with the names of those Maldivian leaders:

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R-L 1) Hussain Afeefuddin (Bodufenvalhugey Seedhee), 2) Mohamed Ameen Didi, 3) Abdulla Jalaaluddin (Abdulla Fahmy Didi), 4) Velaanaagey Ibrahim Mohamed Didi”
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A question for PetCin88: (1) and (3) are each listed with two names. Is each pair two possible identifications of each of those people in the photograph, or is each pair two alternative names/ pseudonyms for the same person?

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Maldives to Ceylon: 1959 personal correspondence covers.


I have just acquired this group of four covers from Malé to Colombo.
In three cases the address is in care of M.G.R. in Melbourne Avenue, Bambalapitiya district, Colombo 4.
I conjecture that M.G.R. is the Maldivian Government Residency/Representative(?). Evidently the building or grounds housing M.G.R. was named "Evergreen".
Earlier in this thread I showed a cover with this address. I thought it was addressed to an employee at M.G.R.
https://stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?p=7418989
However, I now conjecture that these covers were intended for Maldivians living in various locations in Colombo, not necessarily officials working for the Maldivian Government, but people for whom the M.G.R. was willing to provide the service of receiving and holding mail from the Maldives, for the addressees to pick up at their convenience.


Maldives to Ceylon, 1959: four covers, personal correspondence, address sides<br />Covers (1, 1), (1, 2)<br />(2, 1), (2, 2)
Maldives to Ceylon, 1959: four covers, personal correspondence, address sides
Covers (1, 1), (1, 2)
(2, 1), (2, 2)
Backs of the above covers<br />Matching positions of backs:<br />Covers (1, 1), (1, 2)<br />(2, 1), (2, 2)
Backs of the above covers
Matching positions of backs:
Covers (1, 1), (1, 2)
(2, 1), (2, 2)
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Cover (1, 1): 10L Harbour definitive (SG 36, Sc 35) on front, cds Maldive Islands, 12.I.59 [12 Jan 1959]
Typed address without street or district; manuscript address to M.G.R., Melbourne Ave, Co[lombo] 4.
Cover (1, 2): 10L Harbour definitive (SG 36, Sc 35) on back, cds Maldive Islands, 23.V.59 [23 May 1959]
Full manuscript address c/o M.G.R.
Cover (2, 1): 10L Harbour definitive (SG 36, Sc 35) on back, cds Maldive Islands, 14.I.59 [14 Jan 1959]
Manuscript address to specific location in Colombo 6 — no explicit connection with M.G.R.
Cover (2, 2): 10c green Minaret definitive (SG 16, Sc 15) on front, cds illegible
Manuscript address c/o M.G.R., with addressee's name in English transliteration/Arabic, and Dhivehi side-note.

I wonder if PetCin88's Maldivian connections might help him shed light for us on my conjectures about M.G.R. and the handling of these covers; also the significance of the Dhivehi side-note on (2, 2).

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RogerE wrote: 29 Aug 2022 22:42 Just to clarify, may I reconnect the 1947 photograph shown by PetCin88 with the names of those Maldivian leaders:

Image
R-L 1) Hussain Afeefuddin (Bodufenvalhugey Seedhee), 2) Mohamed Ameen Didi, 3) Abdulla Jalaaluddin (Abdulla Fahmy Didi), 4) Velaanaagey Ibrahim Mohamed Didi”
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A question for PetCin88: (1) and (3) are each listed with two names. Is each pair two possible identifications of each of those people in the photograph, or is each pair two alternative names/ pseudonyms for the same person?

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I managed to get this answer for you RogerE

“they are the names of the same person. Hussain Afeefuddin is his official name as Qazi (chief judge) of Maldives, Hussain being his arabic given name. He is more popularly known as “Bodufenvalhugey Seedhee”. Abdulla Jalaaludddin was the official name of (3) as Qazi. His name was Abdulla Fahmy Didi. Hope I didn’t make it too confusing.”
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Excellent clarification, thank you PetCin88 and thanks to your helpful Maldivian friend(s). In a nutshell, each pair of names refers to one person, reflecting two distinct aspects of that person's role in the community.

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RogerE wrote: 31 Aug 2022 01:39 Excellent clarification, thank you PetCin88 and thanks to your helpful Maldivian friend(s). In a nutshell, each pair of names refers to one person, reflecting two distinct aspects of that person's role in the community.

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Maldives and Queen Elizabeth II


With the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, it is timely to note that on numerous occasions the Maldives issued stamps to celebrate significant moments in Her Majesty's life. The silver jubilee of the 1953 coronation was an early instance:

Maldives, 1977: set of six stamps (SG 673-678, Sc 662-667)<br />celebrating the silver jubilee of the coronation of QEII
Maldives, 1977: set of six stamps (SG 673-678, Sc 662-667)
celebrating the silver jubilee of the coronation of QEII
Maldives, 1977: 10R perforated minisheet (SG MS679, Sc 673)<br />celebrating the silver jubilee of the coronation of QEII
Maldives, 1977: 10R perforated minisheet (SG MS679, Sc 673)
celebrating the silver jubilee of the coronation of QEII
Maldives, 1977: 10R imperforate minisheet (SG MS679var, Sc 673var)<br />celebrating the silver jubilee of the coronation of QEII
Maldives, 1977: 10R imperforate minisheet (SG MS679var, Sc 673var)
celebrating the silver jubilee of the coronation of QEII
Maldives, 1977: Imperforate set<br />of six stamps celebrating the silver jubilee of the coronation of QEII
Maldives, 1977: Imperforate set
of six stamps celebrating the silver jubilee of the coronation of QEII
Maldives, 1977: upper left sheetlet corner Imperforate set, with honour guards,<br />of six stamps celebrating the silver jubilee of the coronation of QEII
Maldives, 1977: upper left sheetlet corner Imperforate set, with honour guards,
of six stamps celebrating the silver jubilee of the coronation of QEII
Maldives, 1977: upper right sheetlet corner Imperforate set, with honour guards,<br />of six stamps celebrating the silver jubilee of the coronation of QEII
Maldives, 1977: upper right sheetlet corner Imperforate set, with honour guards,
of six stamps celebrating the silver jubilee of the coronation of QEII
Maldives, 1977: lower right sheetlet corner perforated set, with honour guards,<br />of six stamps celebrating the silver jubilee of the coronation of QEII
Maldives, 1977: lower right sheetlet corner perforated set, with honour guards,
of six stamps celebrating the silver jubilee of the coronation of QEII
Maldives, 1977: SG 673, 674, 678 on First Day Cover, Malé, Maldives,  6 Feb 1977
Maldives, 1977: SG 673, 674, 678 on First Day Cover, Malé, Maldives, 6 Feb 1977
Maldives, 1977:  SG 675-677 on First Day Cover, Malé, Maldives,  6 Feb 1977
Maldives, 1977: SG 675-677 on First Day Cover, Malé, Maldives, 6 Feb 1977
Maldives, 1977:  SG MS679 on First Day Cover, Malé, Maldives,  6 Feb 1977
Maldives, 1977: SG MS679 on First Day Cover, Malé, Maldives, 6 Feb 1977
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1977 Official Maldivian Government cover to London.


Recently I was fortunate to purchase (very reasonably) this official OMGS usage of a pictorial Air Maldives envelope. The franking includes an example of the 1.15R QEII Coronation Silver Jubilee stamp from the set shown in the previous post.
Maldives,1977: Registered official airmail cover, Malé to London, postage 3.80R<br />Handstamp: On Maldivian Government Service<br />Perforated registration label: R Malé No 9812<br />3x cds Malé Regd, Maldives, 10 Jul 1977<br />Franked: 5L Rubens (SG 697)<br />10L Solanum melongena (SG 665)<br />50L Cucumis sativus (SG 667)<br />1.15R QEII Silver Jubilee (SG 676)<br />2R Beethoven (SG 686)
Maldives,1977: Registered official airmail cover, Malé to London, postage 3.80R
Handstamp: On Maldivian Government Service
Perforated registration label: R Malé No 9812
3x cds Malé Regd, Maldives, 10 Jul 1977
Franked: 5L Rubens (SG 697)
10L Solanum melongena (SG 665)
50L Cucumis sativus (SG 667)
1.15R QEII Silver Jubilee (SG 676)
2R Beethoven (SG 686)
Back of above cover<br />Colombo Regd, 12 Jul 1977<br />Colombo Foreign, 12 Jul 1977 (overlapping edge of cover)<br />Tiny portion: [Col]omb[o] 12 Ju[l] (overlap from another cover)
Back of above cover
Colombo Regd, 12 Jul 1977
Colombo Foreign, 12 Jul 1977 (overlapping edge of cover)
Tiny portion: [Col]omb[o] 12 Ju[l] (overlap from another cover)
This official correspondence apparently to
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Maldives and Queen Elizabeth II


Correction: The 1977 set of Maldives stamps SG 673-679 = Sc 662-668 celebrated the silver jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II's reign, which began on 6 Feb 1952 upon the death of her father King George VI. (In my previous post I mistakenly described the set as celebrating the silver anniversary of her coronation, which was held on 2 Jun 1953.)

The stamps were issued on 6 Feb 1977, precisely 25 years to the day from the beginning of her reigh.

Maldives, 1977: First day cover, addressed (SG 672, 673, 678)<br />Silver Jubilee of reign of QEII <br />cds Malé, Maldives, 6 Feb 1977
Maldives, 1977: First day cover, addressed (SG 672, 673, 678)
Silver Jubilee of reign of QEII
cds Malé, Maldives, 6 Feb 1977
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Royal Visit to Maldives 1972 by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

New York Times, 14 Mar 1972, p.85<br />digital transcript of news item
New York Times, 14 Mar 1972, p.85
digital transcript of news item
QEII received by President Ibrahim Nasir in Gan, Maldives, 14 Mar 1972<br />Acknowledgement: Azeez Mohamed
QEII received by President Ibrahim Nasir in Gan, Maldives, 14 Mar 1972
Acknowledgement: Azeez Mohamed
QEII visit in Gan, Maldives, 14 Mar 1972<br />Acknowledgement: Pinterest
QEII visit in Gan, Maldives, 14 Mar 1972
Acknowledgement: Pinterest
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Late in 1971 Maldives issued a set of five stamps celebrating paintings with a dancing theme, by famous European artists:
Maldives, 1971: Famous paintings, dancing subjects (SG 382-386)
Maldives, 1971: Famous paintings, dancing subjects (SG 382-386)
That set was adapted to commemorate the Royal Visit, with a discrete overprint ROYAL VISIT 1972 in the left margins:
Maldives, 1972: Royal Visit overprint on paintings set (SG 387-391)
Maldives, 1972: Royal Visit overprint on paintings set (SG 387-391)
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Queen Elizabeth II visiting the Maldives 50 yrs ago in 1972. <br /><br />The last photo is then Prime Minister Ibrahim Ali Didi (Faamudheyri Kilegefaanu) meeting the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh during their Royal Visit to Ceylon in 1954.
Queen Elizabeth II visiting the Maldives 50 yrs ago in 1972.

The last photo is then Prime Minister Ibrahim Ali Didi (Faamudheyri Kilegefaanu) meeting the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh during their Royal Visit to Ceylon in 1954.
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Re: Sharing my early Maldive Islands philately (pre-1970)

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RogerE wrote: 16 Sep 2022 18:06 Royal Visit to Maldives 1972 by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

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Late in 1971 Maldives issued a set of five stamps celebrating paintings with a dancing theme, by famous European artists:
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That set was adapted to commemorate the Royal Visit, with a discrete overprint ROYAL VISIT 1972 in the left margins:
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/RogerE :D
Queen Elizabeth II talking to a group of fishermen on Gan in Addu Atoll during her Royal Tour in 1972. The fishermen had been lost at sea for a fortnight before being picked up by HMS Hydra. Mohamed Saeed, standing next to the Queen acted as the translator.
Queen Elizabeth II talking to a group of fishermen on Gan in Addu Atoll during her Royal Tour in 1972. The fishermen had been lost at sea for a fortnight before being picked up by HMS Hydra. Mohamed Saeed, standing next to the Queen acted as the translator.
During her tour to the Maldives Queen Elizabeth II met with Atoll Chief Ahmed Salih Ali Didi of Addu Atoll and Senior Royal Air Force Officers on Gan Island, Addu Atoll on March 15, 1972.
During her tour to the Maldives Queen Elizabeth II met with Atoll Chief Ahmed Salih Ali Didi of Addu Atoll and Senior Royal Air Force Officers on Gan Island, Addu Atoll on March 15, 1972.
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Re: Sharing my early Maldive Islands philately (pre-1970)

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A classic 1953 first day cover from the Maldives.
I was delighted to acquire this cover recently.

Maldives, 1 Jan 1953: First day cover, dhoni and palm definitives, <br />six blocks of four, up to 15 larees (SG 21-26).
Maldives, 1 Jan 1953: First day cover, dhoni and palm definitives,
six blocks of four, up to 15 larees (SG 21-26).
Although the cover has some obvious "tropicalisation" (rust/foxing)
it is nevertheless a special piece of postal history — it is probably
the only first day cover to show these stamps in blocks of four.
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These stamps were issued at a time when their local theme and the need for actual postal use fully justified the issue.

By contrast, later decades saw an avalanche of new issues of long sets without local relevance or postal need — the private philatelic exploiters brought the stamps of the Maldives to a very low point by the 1990s. For example, for issues of the year 1992, Stanley Gibbons assigns catalogue numbers from SG 1580 to SG 1739. This includes 27 items depicting Disney cartoon characters, and several issues that comprise or include multiple minisheets, for each of which there is a single SG number. In the Happy Day thread, I have just shown a set of 16 minisheets, with the single number SG MS 1711, on the weird theme "Mysteries of the Universe":
https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?p=9185546#p9185546


In the present thread, I have mused previously about whether the many issues of the last few decades of the 20th century actually saw any genuine postal use. I am always interested to acquire real postally used covers from that period, documenting sporadic postal use of (some of) the stamps. In particular, I have never seen any of the minisheets genuinely postally used.

Thankfully, I note that the Maldives have returned to a more restrained stamp issuing policy in recent years. Many other countries are issuing huge quantities of stamps these days, evidently attempting to exploit stamp collectors rather than to meet real postal needs...

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Re: Sharing my early Maldive Islands philately (pre-1970)

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RogerE wrote: 19 Sep 2022 12:17 A classic 1953 first day cover from the Maldives.
I was delighted to acquire this cover recently.

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/RogerE :D
Nice RogerE - congratulations on your acquisition 👍

I’ve got a block of 50 of each (like you know already)

Just a question - your First Day Cover is 1953 and my First Day Cover is 1950 - were you referring to 1st day of the year or 1st day of issue?
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Re: Sharing my early Maldive Islands philately (pre-1970)

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You're absolutely right Peter = PetCin88.

I had forgotten the official issue date of the Dhoni and Palm definitive set — it was 24 Dec 1950, as your official commemorative sheet shows. My cover with the blocks of four has date stamps 1 Jan 1953, so I was mistaken — it's not a first day cover, but a New Year's Day cover, just over 24 months after the official first day of issue.

I wonder whether there was a companion cover with blocks of four of the three highest values of the set.

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