Philately is the collection and study of the postage stamps. Philately is a pleasurable hobby that broadens one’s knowledge and enhances understanding of many things such as politics, history, influential personalities, geography, flora and fauna, birds and animals, science etc. While this special hobby has no age limit, it is a very efficient in provoking young philatelist’s interest in these diverse topics.
The first Maldives postal stamp was issued on 9 September 1906, launching the Maldives philatelic industry. The 1906 stamp was a cylon stamp of “King Edward VII” which was over printed with “MALDIVES” for the use in Maldives. After the stocks of the overprinted stamps were over, a true and more localized stamp was release depicting the iconic “Munnaaru”. Throughout the 100 years that has passed since then, locals and international philatelists around the globe have been collecting Maldivian stamps.