MALDIVES half larin 1286


MALDIVES, Muhammad Imad al-Din IV, 1835-82, half larin, 1286, Reverse: rev in quatrefoil, copper, KM35.3, VF

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Longest ruling Sultan of the Maldives.

The Republic of the Maldives is a group of islands in the Indian Ocean southwest of India. There were kingdoms in the 6th century BC, engaging in the Indian Ocean trade. It went through a Hindu period and a Buddhist period before the coming of Arab traders. The last Buddhist King converted to Islam in the mid-12th century. The Muslim sultanate endured until 1968, when a Republic was declared. The sultanate was subordinate to successive European overlords for several centuries, first the Portuguese, then the Dutch, then the English.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here, generally, the round, flat, shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern,” though, varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies, and then they switched over to “modern coins,” then they went toward paper money, now we’re all going toward digital, a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins, to which the KM numbers refer.