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Obverse of 1996 Swaziland 1 Lilangeni
Obverse of 1996 Swaziland 1 Lilangeni

Obverse of 1996 Swaziland 1 Lilangeni
Obverse of 1996 Swaziland 1 Lilangeni

Swaziland

A Brief History
Autonomy for the Swazis of southern Africa was guaranteed by the British in the late 19th century; independence was granted in 1968. Student and labor unrest during the 1990s pressured King MSWATI III, the world's last absolute monarch, to grudgingly allow political reform and greater democracy, although he has backslid on these promises in recent years. A constitution came into effect in 2006, but political parties remain banned. The African United Democratic Party tried unsuccessfully to register as an official political party in mid 2006. Talks over the constitution broke down between the government and progressive groups in 2007. Swaziland recently surpassed Botswana as the country with the world's highest known HIV/AIDS prevalence rate.

Coins of Swaziland
In the UK at least, the one thing for which Swaziland coins are best known is that they have specifications, which are very similar, if not identical, to those of the British pound coin. As the exchange rate on the Lilangeni was 11.20871 = £1 at the time of writing, this makes a Lilangeni worth about 9 pence.

Specifications
DenominationDiameterWeightAlloy
1 Lilangeni (1986)22.509.50Nickel-brass
1 Lilangeni31 Copper- nickel
Fifty Cents28 Copper- nickel
Twenty Cents22 Copper- nickel
Ten Cents19 Copper- nickel
Five Cents17 Copper- nickel
Two Cents18 Bronze
One Cent17 Bronze

Notes
Diam = Diameter in millimetres.
Weight = Weight in grams.

Prices & Availability
The prices quoted in the US $ column may be out of date due to currency fluctuations.
DateQuantityGradeMintageAvailabilityPrice £Price $Price €
19861 Lilangeni 1,025,000Yes£4$6€4.5
19961 Lilangeni 1,025,000Yes£4$6€4.5

Prices & Availability - Coin Sets
The prices quoted in the US $ column may be out of date due to currency fluctuations.
DateQuantityGradeMintageAvailabilityPrice £Price $Price €
19747Uncirculated Set20,000Yes£15$24€18
19685 Proof Set 10,000 Yes 45AskAsk

Notes
Mintage = Quantity issued, where known, otherwise issue limit.

Postage & Packing:
UK: At buyer's Risk £3.50 or
Fully Insured £9 (Usually by Royal Mail Special Delivery)
USA: Airmail at buyer's risk $10 or
Fully Insured $20
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