Swaziland

Swaziland central bank fires employee for selling specimen notes

According to a Times of Swaziland article dated 1 October 2012, the Central Bank of Swaziland has fired an employee for selling specimen banknotes to collectors, humorously described as "individuals or consortiums who fraudulently buy specimen bank notes."

Swaziland chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Swaziland cover

The Swaziland chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 13-page catalog covers every note (120 types and varieties, including 13 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Monetary Authority of Swaziland from 1974 to 1978, and the Central Bank of Swaziland from 1981 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Swaziland announces release of remaining denominations of new series

According to a press release dated 30 June 2011, the Central Bank of Swaziland announced the release into circulation the remaining denominations (10, 20, 50, and 200 emalangeni) of its new series of banknotes. This comes after the official introduction of the 100-lilangeni note on 1 November 2010, and the premature release of a small batch of the 200-lilangeni notes at one bank branch. The other denominations were originally scheduled for a staggered introduction schedule over the course of 2011 and 2012. The press release seems to contradict the notion that all denominations will be available immediately when it quotes Governor Martin G. Dlamini thusly, “We are more likely to see the new E10 dominating in the public domain. Other denominations will also be released in due course, depending on market demand.”

Courtesy of Tod Hunt.

Swaziland new 10-, 20-, and 50-emalangeni notes confirmed


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. Printer: GIESECKE & DEVRIENT - GERMANY. 148 x 70 mm. 6.9.2010. Signature 9b. Intro: 30.06.2011.


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. Printer: GIESECKE & DEVRIENT - GERMANY. 151 x 70 mm. 6.9.2010. Signature 9b. Intro: 30.06.2011.


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. Printer: GIESECKE & DEVRIENT - GERMANY. 154 x 70 mm. 6.9.2010. Signature 9b. Intro: 30.06.2011.

Courtesy of Andre du Toit, Joseph Gerber, and Thomas Krause.

Swaziland new 100- and 200-emalangeni confirmed


B36 (PNL): 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. Printer: GIESECKE & DEVRIENT - GERMANY. 157 x 70 mm. 6.9.2010. Signature 10b. Intro: 01.11.2010.


B37 (PNL): 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. 160 x 70 mm.
6.9.2010. Signature 10b. Intro: 2011.

Central Bank of Swaziland Governor, Mr. Martin G. Dlamini has announced that the new series of banknotes with upgraded security features will be released to the public on the 1st November 2010.

The Governor stated that although all the banknotes have been upgraded (E10, E20, E50, E100 and E200), the denominations will be released at intervals of six months, starting with the E100 (One Hundred Emalangeni).

“It is important to clarify from the onset that the new banknotes will be used together with the old notes,” he said.

The Governor further explained that banknote security technology had advanced significantly since the issuing of the current series of notes in 1999. “In addition to ensuring that these banknotes are produced with the best technology in line with the highest international standards, we have also ensured that the new notes are a creative expression of our heritage as a nation,” he said. “We gave a lot of thought to making our new printed currency one that we can all identify with as a reflection of our own lives.”

The Governor appealed to the public to familiarize themselves with the new notes by paying close attention to the security features. “We encourage you to know and understand your money so that you can trust it,” he said.

Click here to download the bank’s official brochure describing these two new notes.

Courtesy of Ny Andry Ranaivosolo, Hermann Huber, and Leszek Porowski.

Swaziland new 100-emalangeni note reported

According to Times of Swaziland article dated 7 April 2010, by August the Central Bank of Swaziland (CBS) was to begin upgrading it entire series of banknotes—starting with the 100-lilangeni note (US$13.80), then continuing with the other denominations—10, 20, 50, and 200 emalangeni—one every six months. The new notes will be printed by Giesecke and Devrient (G&D). The German firm was chosen based on price, durability of the notes, and performance in circulation.

“The Central Bank of Swaziland has initiated a project to upgrade its entire series of banknotes in view of the fact that the existing portrait shown of His Majesty King Mswati III is outdated. Also banknote durability and security technology has advanced significantly since the issuing of the current series of notes in 1999,” Governor, Martin Dlamini said in a press statement. Older notes currently in circulation will remain legal tender and will be phased out gradually.

It has recently been reported that the 100-emalangeni note has been issued in September 2010.

Courtesy of Leszek Porowski.

Swaziland new date (01.04.2006) 20-emalangeni note confirmed


20 emalangeni (US$2), 01:04:2006. Like P30, but new date and signature 11 (Majorzi V. Sithole, MINISTER FOR FINANCE; Martin S. Dlamini, GOVERNOR). Printer: FRANÇOIS-CHARLES OBERTHUR.

Anyone interested in buying this note can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned here on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Swaziland issues new 100- and 200-emalangeni notes

These 100- and 200-lilangeni notes were issued to commemorate the 40th birthday of King Mswati III (born 19.04.1968). They are the first notes in the world to use intaglio halftone technology, creating photo-like portraits.



100 emalangeni (US$10)
Brown. Front: Shield and spears; King Mswati III; Parliament House building in Lobamba; coat of arms with lion, shield, and elephant; The King’s 40th Birthday text. Back: Bank seal; rock formation; 40th Independence Anniversary text. Holographic stripe. Solid security thread with demetalized CENTRAL BANK OF SWAZILAND. Watermark: Shield and spears. Printer: GIESECKE & DEVRIENT - GERMANY. 157 x 70 mm. 19.4.2008. Signature 10b. Introduced 05.09.2008.


200 emalangeni (US$20)
Green. Front: Shield and spears; King Mswati III; Parliament House building in Lobamba; coat of arms with lion, shield, and elephant; THE KING’S 40TH BIRTHDAY text. Back: Bank seal; straw huts; 40TH INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY text. Holographic stripe. Solid security thread with demetalized CENTRAL BANK OF SWAZILAND. Watermark: Shield and spears. Printer: GIESECKE & DEVRIENT - GERMANY. 160 x 70 mm. 19.4.2008. Signature 10b. Introduced 05.09.2008.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Swaziland new date (01.04.2006) 10-emalangeni note confirmed


10 emalangeni (US$1), 01:04:2006. Like P29, but new date and signature 11 (Majorzi V. Sithole, MINISTER FOR FINANCE; Martin S. Dlamini, GOVERNOR). Printer: FRANÇOIS-CHARLES OBERTHUR.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Swaziland new date (01.04.04) 20-emalangeni note confirmed



20 emalangeni (US$2), 01.04.04. Like P30, but new date and signature 11 (Majorzi V. Sithole, MINISTER FOR FINANCE; Martin S. Dlamini, GOVERNOR). Printer: FRANÇOIS-CHARLES OBERTHUR.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Swaziland new date (01.04.04) 10-emalangeni note confirmed


10 emalangeni (US$1), 01.04.04. Like P29, but new date and signature 11 (Majorzi V. Sithole, MINISTER FOR FINANCE; Martin S. Dlamini, GOVERNOR). Printer: FRANÇOIS-CHARLES OBERTHUR.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.