• 5 Emalangeni 1999, KM# 53, Swaziland (eSwatini), Mswati III, 25th Anniversary of the Central Bank
  • 5 Emalangeni 1999, KM# 53, Swaziland (eSwatini), Mswati III, 25th Anniversary of the Central Bank
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

Depicts a logo of the Central Bank of Swaziland (Swazi: Umntsholi Wemaswati, currently Central Bank of Eswatini), dividing dates, and surrounded by the inscription with a value below.

The Central Bank of Swaziland was established in April 1974 and is based in capital Mbabane. Among the bank's responsibilities are managing Swaziland's foreign exchange position and safeguarding the country's foreign reserves of cash. Since the Emalangeni was introduced on 6th September 1974, the Central Bank of Swaziland has been issuing the country with their very own banknotes and coins.

25th ANNIVERSARY
CENTRAL BANK OF
EMNTSHOLI
SWAZILAND
1974 1999
5 EMALANGENI

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Brass
Weight 7.5 g
Diameter 27 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal

Related coins

Brass, 7.6 g, ⌀ 27 mm