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Maldives: Flags in use until 1949

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National flag 1930by Calvin Paige Herring


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National flag

A red flag with a band of black and white stripes placed in the hoist and a white crescent in the middle.

The flag of the Maldives was originally a plain red flag. Later, a band of black and white stripes were placed in the hoist.

By the early part of this century, Prime Minister Amir Abdul Majid Didi had introduced the green panel and white crescent to the flags of the Maldives. Until 1949, the horns of the crescent would point towards the hoist.

There were four more distinctive flags, as described below.

Calvin Paige Herring, 2 June 1998


Civil ensign

Civil Ensign 1930by Calvin Paige Herring

Same as the national flag but with a green panel in the middle of the red field instead of the crescent.


Government service ensign

Gov. Service Ensign 1930by Calvin Paige Herring

Same as above but with a white star in the green panel.


Government service flag

Gov. Service Flag 1930by Calvin Paige Herring

Same as above but a white crescent instead of the white star in the green panel.


Sultan's standard

Sultan's flag 1930by Calvin Paige Herring

Same as above with crescent and star.

Source: Flaggenbuch [neu92]

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