The lilangeni is the official currency of Swaziland since 1974 when it was introduced at par the South African rand. Even so, the South African Rand is accepted in the country due to the Common Monetary Area agreement. In 1974, The Monetary Authority of Swaziland introduced coins in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and 1 lilangeni, followed by 2 and 5 emalangeni in 1995. In 2016, the Central Bank of Swaziland introduced a new series of coins, and all the previous coins were demonetized.
The 1 Swazi lilangeni coin front design features the portrait of Mswati III, who is the King of Swaziland and head of the Swazi Royal Family. The reverse coin design illustrates Queen Ntfombi (The Queen Mother), who is the mother of King Mswati III, the denomination and the issue date. This coin is part of the 2009 – 2011 series, its rim is milled, and its color is silver.
Text: Swaziland, One Lilangeni, 2011.