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New Bank notes in Swaziland

 

10 Emalangeni (US$1.45)
Blue.
Front: King Mswati III; coat of arms with lion and elephant flanking shield topped with crown of feathers (lidlabe); shield (isihlangu), spears (sikhali), and staff (umgobo). Back: Nine princesses taking part in the Ncwala (kingship ceremony); bank seal. Windowed security thread with demetalized CENTRAL BANK OF SWAZILAND. Watermark: King Mswati III and electrotype 10.

20 Emalangeni (US$2.90)
Purple.
Front: King Mswati III; coat of arms with lion and elephant flanking shield topped with crown of feathers (lidlabe); shield (isihlangu), spears (sikhali), and staff (umgobo). Back: Flower, corn, and pineapple; steer; refinery; bank seal. Windowed security thread with demetalized CENTRAL BANK OF SWAZILAND. Watermark: King Mswati III and electrotype 20.

50 Emalangeni (US$7.25)
Violet.
Front: King Mswati III; coat of arms with lion and elephant flanking shield topped with crown of feathers (lidlabe); green-to-blue OVI shield (isihlangu), spears (sikhali), and staff (umgobo). Back: Central Bank of Swaziland headquarters Umntsholi building in Mbabane; bank seal. Green-to-pink windowed security thread with demetalized CENTRAL BANK OF SWAZILAND. Watermark: King Mswati III and electrotype 50.

100 Emalangeni (US$14.70)
Brown.
Front: King Mswati III; coat of arms with lion, shield, and elephant; green-to-blue OVI shield and spears. Back: Elephant, rhinoceros, lion, flowers, and bird; bank seal. Green-to-pink windowed security thread with demetalized CENTRAL BANK OF SWAZILAND. Watermark: King Mswati III and electrotype 100.

200 Emalangeni (US$29.40)
Green.
Front: King Mswati III; coat of arms with lion, shield, and elephant; green-to-blue OVI shield and spears. Back: Straw huts; two goats; warrior; rock formation; bank seal. Green-to-pink windowed security thread with demetalized CENTRAL BANK OF SWAZILAND. Watermark: King Mswati III and electrotype 200.

Printer: GIESECKE & DEVRIENT - GERMANY

Currency

Lilangeni (singular) or Emalangeni (plural) and cents are the currency of Swaziland. It is of equal value to the South African Rand and cents and both currencies are in circulation. All shops accept all South African notes ( sometimes not the 200 Rand note), sometimes South African coins from R1 to R5.
The traveler is advised to change Emalangeni back to his own currency before leaving Swaziland as it is part of the Rand monetary area. Emalangeni will not be accepted in South Africa.
There is no currency controls at border posts and no limit to the amount of currency a traveler may carry. All acceptable credit cards and travelers cheques are honoured in Swaziland.

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Money of Swaziland

Coins are minted in South Africa, E10 and E20 notes currently printed in France; E50, E100 and E200 notes in Germany
All our notes show King Mswati III with three Lori (“ligwalagwala”) feathers in his hair
E200 reverse side: Swazi homestead
E100 reverse side: huge stone landmark (granite, near Mbabane)
E50 reverse side: Central Bank, Mbabane
E20 reverse side: agricultural produce
E10 reverse side: Luphohlo Power Station (between Sun Hotels and Mbabane)
E1, E2 and E5 notes are now out of circulation
Swaziland coins, reverse side (tails)
5 cents: flower 10 cents: sugar cane 20 cents: elephant 50 cents: Royal crest/coat of arms/Government emblem
E1 - large old silver coins: Sobhuza II as a boy with his mother (Lomawa Nxumalo)
E1 – small new bronze coins: current Queen Mother (King Mswati’s mother Ntombi Tfwala)
E2: arum lily
E5: Royal crest/ coat of arms/ Government emblem

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