• 5 Cents 1995-2010, KM# 48, Swaziland (eSwatini), Mswati III, Obverse
  • 5 Cents 1995-2010, KM# 48, Swaziland (eSwatini), Mswati III, Reverse
Description

Mswati III (born Prince Makhosetive Dlamini on 19 April 1968) is the current King of Swaziland and head of the Swazi Royal Family. Makhosetive was crowned Mswati III, Ingwenyama and King of Swaziland on 25 April 1986 at the age of 18, thus becoming the youngest ruling monarch at the time in the world. Together with his mother Ntfombi Tfwala, now Queen Mother (Ndlovukati), he rules the country as an absolute monarch. Mswati III is known for his practice of polygyny (although at least two wives are appointed by the state) and currently has 15 wives.

Obverse

Depicts a bust of Mswati III, 3/4 right, wearing a light goatee, an inyoni (a ceremonial headdress worn by the King of Swaziland), a ligcebesha (a type of traditional beaded necklace) and an umhelwane (a toga-like garment). The state name above.

SWAZILAND

Reverse

Arum lily and value.

Zantedeschia aethiopica (known as calla lily and arum lily) is a species in the family Araceae, native to southern Africa in Lesotho, South Africa, and Swaziland.

5
CENTS 2003

Edge

5 Cents

2nd portrait
KM# 48
Characteristics
Material Cupronickel
Weight 2.1 g
Diameter 18.5 mm
Thickness 1 mm
Shape wavy (scallop, sun-shaped)
Notches 12
Alignment Medal
Mint
Royal Mint

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