Malawi 500 Kwacha


Do you have a Malawi 500 Kwacha Banknote? Here’s how to exchange it with us.

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The kwacha is the official currency of Malawi since 1971 when it replaced the Malawian pound. The name kwacha is derived from the Chichewa word meaning “it has dawned”, and the Reserve Bank of Malawi is the official issuing entity. In 1971, the first notes were issued in denominations of 50 tambala, 1, 2 and 10 kwacha, followed by 5 kwacha in 1973, 20 kwacha in 1983, 50 and 100 kwacha in 1993, 200 kwacha in 1995, 500 kwacha in 2001, 1000 kwacha in 2012 and 2000 kwacha in 2016.

The 500 Malawian kwacha note front design features Reverend John Chilembwe (1871 – 1915), who was a National hero who served as Baptist pastor and educator. The main design is presented against a background with the headquarters of the Reserve Bank of Malawi in Lilongwe (capital city) under a great bright sun. A sketch of the Malawi map, a sketch of a cichlid fish with the denomination inside (two more without the denomination), and illustrative figures of three fishermen fishing in a lake complete the design of this side of the note. The reverse of the note illustrates a scene representing Infrastructure Development; the Mulunguzi Dam in Zomba, a tap of running water, and the Reserve Bank of Malawi symbol. This note is part of the 2014 – 2017 series, and its color is brown, orange and light blue on a multicolor underprint.

Text: Reserve Bank of Malawi, Promise to pay the bearer on demand the sum of K500 Issued Under The Reserve Bank of Malawi Act, Governor, 1st January 2017, Five Hundred Kwacha, 500 Kwacha, Reverend John Chilembwe, Mulunguzi Dam, Zomba.

Additional information


current Malawian kwacha banknotes

Product Currencies

Malawian kwacha

Tender Types




Country banknote denominations

20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000


Light blue, Brown, Orange

Composition material



132 x 66 mm


Reserve Bank of Malawi


Reverend John Chilembwe


Baptist pastor, Educator


African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer), Cichlid fish (Cichlid), Leopard (Panthera pardus), Lion (Panthera leo)




2014, 2017


Animal, Bank, Building, Fisherman, Helmet, shield, Sun, Water

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