Swazi lilangeni

Swazi lilangeni

Infobox Currency
image_1 = 629px-Swaziland-1Lilangeni.jpg
image_title_1 = 1 lilangeni
image_2 = Coins-of-swaziland.jpg
image_title_2 = Swazi coins
iso_code = SZL
using_countries = flag|Swaziland
inflation_rate = 12.5%
inflation_source_date = [http://www.centralbank.org.sz/ Central Bank of Swaziland] , June 2008
pegged_with = South African rand at par
subunit_ratio_1 = 1/100
subunit_name_1 = cent
symbol = L or E (pl.)
plural = emalangeni
used_coins = 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 cents, L1, E2, E5
used_banknotes = E10, E20, E50, E100, E200
issuing_authority = Central Bank of Swaziland
issuing_authority_website = www.centralbank.org.sz

The lilangeni (plural: emalangeni, ISO 4217 code: "SZL") is the currency of Swaziland and is subdivided into 100 cents. The South African rand is also accepted in Swaziland and it is issued by the Central Bank of Swaziland (in swazi "Umntsholi Wemaswati"). Perhaps unusually, there are singular and plural "abbreviations", namely L and E, so where one might have an amount L1, it would be E2, E3, or E4.


It was introduced in 1974 at par with the South African rand through the Common Monetary Area, to which it remains tied at a one-to-one exchange rate.


In 1974, coins for 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and 1 lilangeni were introduced, with the 1 and 2 cents struck in bronze and the others struck in cupro-nickel. Except for the 1 lilangeni, the coins were not round, with the 1 and 50 cents dodecagonal, the 2 cents square with rounded corners and the 5, 10 and 20 cents scalloped.

The 2 cents was last struck in 1982, whilst, in 1986, round, copper-plated steel 1 cent and nickel-brass 1 lilangeni coins were introduced. These were followed, in 1992, by nickel-plated-steel 5 and 10 cents and nickel-brass-plated-steel 1 lilangeni coins. In 1995, 2 and 5 emalangeni coins were introduced.


In 1974, the Monetary Authority of Swaziland introduced notes in denominations of 1 lilangeni, 2, 5 and 10 emalangeni, with 20 emalangeni notes following in 1978. In 1981, the Central Bank of Swaziland took over paper money production, first issuing notes commemorating the Diamond Jubilee of King Sobhuza II. Between 1892 and 1985, it introduced non-commemorative notes for E2, E5, E10, and E20. The 50 emalangeni notes were introduced in 1990. The E2 and E5 notes were replaced by coins in 1995, whilst 100 and 200 emalangeni notes were introduced in 1996 and 1998, respectively, with the E200 notes commemorating the 30th anniversary of independence.

ee also

* Economy of Swaziland


*numis cite SCWC | date=1991
*numis cite SCWPM | date=1994

External links

Standard numismatics external links
world_coin_gallery_1_url = Swaziland
world_coin_gallery_1_name = Swaziland
banknote_world_1_url = swaziland
banknote_world_1_name = Swaziland
dollarization_1_url = sz
dollarization_1_name = Swaziland
gfd_1_url = Swaziland
gfd_1_name = Swaziland
gfd_data_1_url =
gfd_data_1_name =
show_gfd_excel = Y

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • lilangeni — noun (plural emalangeni) Etymology: Siswati, probably from emaLangeni lineage of the Swazi royal family Date: 1974 see money table …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Swaziland — /swah zee land /, n. a kingdom in SE Africa between S Mozambique and the E Republic of South Africa: formerly a British protectorate. 1,031,600; 6704 sq. mi. (17,363 sq. km). Cap.: Mbabane. * * * Swaziland Introduction Swaziland Background:… …   Universalium

  • South African rand — Suid Afrikaanse rand (Afrikaans) …   Wikipedia

  • One pound (British decimal coin) — Infobox Coin Denomination = One pound Country = United Kingdom Value = 1.0 Unit = pound sterling Mass = 9.5 Diameter = 22.5 Thickness = 3.15 Edge = Milled with incuse lettering or decoration Composition = 70% Cu, 24.5% Zn, and 5.5% Ni Years of… …   Wikipedia

  • One pound (British coin) — This article is about the circulating one pound coin issued since 1983. For earlier coins worth one pound, see Sovereign (British coin), Broad (British coin), Laurel (English coin), and Unite (English coin). One pound United Kingdom Value 1 pound …   Wikipedia

  • Sub-Saharan Africa — Black Africa redirects here. For the Namibian football team, see Black Africa F.C.. Definition of Sub Saharan Africa as used in the statistics of the UN institutions. However, Sudan and South Sudan is classified as North Africa by the United… …   Wikipedia

  • Telecommunications in Swaziland — Telephones main lines in use: 38,500 (2001), 20,000 (1996) Telephones mobile cellular: 250,000 (2007), 0 (1996) Telephone system: general assessment: a somewhat modern but not an advanced system domestic: system consists of carrier equipped, open …   Wikipedia

  • ISO 4217 — Currency code redirects here. It is not to be confused with Currency sign. Exchange rates display at a Bureau de change listing currency names in English and their ISO 4217 codes. This list displays the United Kingdom as England , one of its… …   Wikipedia

  • Zambian kwacha — ISO 4217 code ZMK User(s)  Zambia Inflation 13.5% Source …   Wikipedia

  • Malawian kwacha — Current coins ISO 4217 code MWK …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.