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Swaziland's coins
« on: April 30, 2018, 05:02:40 PM »

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Swaziland or eSwatini, officially the Kingdom of eSwatini, is a sovereign state in Southern Africa. It is bordered by Mozambique to its northeast and by South Africa to its north, west and south; it is a landlocked country. The country and its people take their names from Mswati II, the 19th-century king under whose rule Swazi territory was expanded and unified.

The country is an absolute diarchy, ruled jointly by Ngwenyama ("King") Mswati III and Ndlovukati ("Queen Mother") Ntfombi Tfwala since 1986. The former is administrative head of state and appoints the country's prime ministers and a number of representatives of both chambers (Senate and House of Assembly) in the country's parliament. The latter, meanwhile, is the national head of state.

At no more than 200 kilometres (120 mi) north to south and 130 kilometres (81 mi) east to west, Swaziland is one of the smallest countries in Africa. The population of around 1,343,000 consists primarily of ethnic Swazis whose language is Swati. They established their kingdom in the mid-18th century under the leadership of Ngwane III; the present boundaries were drawn up in 1881 in the midst of the scramble for Africa. After the Anglo-Boer War, Swaziland was a British protectorate from 1903, until it regained its independence on 6 September 1968.
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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2018, 05:04:59 PM »
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The coat of arms of Swaziland is a coat of arms depicting various symbols for traditional Swaziland culture. The lion represents the King and the elephant represents the Queen-mother. They support a traditional Nguni shield which represents "protection". Above the shield is the king's lidlabe, or crown of feathers, normally worn during Ncwala (the festival of the harvest). On a banner below the shield is the Swaziland national motto, Siyinqaba, meaning, "We are the fortress".



I have seen various forms of the coat of arms, in which the elephant and lion look rather different from the ones in this image.
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« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2018, 05:07:13 PM »
The red in the Swazi flag stands for past battles, the blue for peace and stability, and the yellow for the resources of Swaziland. The central focus of the flag is a Nguni shield and two spears, symbolizing protection from the country's enemies. Its colour is meant to show that white and black people live in peaceful coexistence in Swaziland.

The flag has five horizontal stripes - two blue strips at the top and bottom while the center stripe is red. Two thin yellow strips border the red stripe. On the red strip is an ox hide combat shield from the traditional Swazi Emasotsha Regiment, laid horizontally. The shield is reinforced by a staff from which hangs injobo tassels-bunches of feathers of the widowbird and the lourie. They also decorate the shield. These feathers are used only by the king.

Above the staff are two assegais-local spears, a Swazi fighting stick and three royal Swazi ornamental tassels called tinjobo, which are made from widow bird and loury feathers.
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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2018, 05:13:45 PM »




A special set of collector coins was issued in 1968, to celebrate the country's independence. 100 cents were equal to 1 luhlanga in this set. The 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and 1 luhlanga coins were all made of silver. There was also a gold lilangeni coin. One lilangeni was equal to 25 luhlanga.

The obverse of the coins carried a portrait of King Sobhuza II. The reverse showed a Swazi shield and the denomination. The initials of the designer, Tommy Sasseen, appear on both sides of the coins. Mr Sasseen was a South African who designed coins for his own country and Rhodesia. I do not know whether he is still alive.

Below you see the luhlanga coin and the 50 cents coin.
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« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2018, 05:14:23 PM »
The gold 1 lilangeni coin of 1968.
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« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2018, 05:24:16 PM »
In 1974 Swaziland issued its first national circulation coins. They were produced by the Royal Mint (UK) and designed by Royal Mint numismatic artist Michael Rizzello. One ligangeni was now equal to 100 cents. 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 copper-nickel.

The lilangeni was introduced at par with the South African rand throughout the Common Monetary Area, to which it remains tied at a one-to-one exchange rate.
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« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2018, 05:25:20 PM »

Obverse of 1 cent coin.



The common obverse of the coins showed a portrait of King Sobhuza II.
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« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2018, 05:26:17 PM »

The reverse of the 1 cent coin featured a pineapple.
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« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2018, 05:31:03 PM »

The reverse of the 2 cents featured a leadwood tree (Combretum imberbe).
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« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2018, 05:32:49 PM »

The reverse of the 5 cents featured an arum lily.

 
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« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2018, 05:34:21 PM »

The reverse of the 10 cents featured sugar cane.
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« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2018, 05:35:29 PM »


The obverse of the 20 cents coin.




The reverse of the 20 cents featured an elephant's head.
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« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2018, 05:36:46 PM »

The reverse of the 50 cents featured the national coat of arms.
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« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2018, 05:44:44 PM »

The 1 lilangeni reverse featured a Swazi mother and child.
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« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2018, 05:46:06 PM »

1975 saw various FAO-themed versions of the coins.

 
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