Lesotho loti

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Lesotho loti
ISO 4217 code LSL
Central bank Central Bank of Lesotho
 Website www.centralbank.org.ls
User(s)  Lesotho (alongside South African rand)
Inflation 6.8%
 Source Central Bank of Lesotho, August 2006
 Method CPI
Pegged with South African rand at par
Subunit
 1/100 sente
Symbol L or M (pl.)
Plural maloti
 sente lisente
Coins 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 lisente, L1, M2, M5
Banknotes M10, M20, M50, M100, M200

The loti (plural: maloti) is the currency of the Kingdom of Lesotho. It is subdivided into 100 lisente (sg. sente). It is pegged to the South African rand on a 1:1 basis through the Common Monetary Area, and both are accepted as legal tender within Lesotho. The loti was first issued in 1966, albeit as a non-circulating currency. In 1980, Lesotho issued its first coins denominated in both loti and lisente to replace the South African rand of Lesotho, though the Rand remains legal tender.

Coins[edit]

In 1980, coins dated 1979 were introduced in denominations of 1 sente, 2, 5, 10, 25 and 50 lisente and 1 loti. In 1996, 2 and 5 maloti coins were introduced, followed by 20 lisente in 1998.

Coins in circulation are:

  • 5 lisente
  • 10 lisente
  • 20 lisente
  • 50 lisente
  • 1 loti
  • 2 maloti
  • 5 maloti

Banknotes[edit]

In January 1980, banknotes dated 1979 (the last two digits of the year of issue are the serial number prefix denominator) were introduced in denominations of 2, 5 and 10 maloti.[1] 20 and 50 maloti notes were added in 1981, followed by 100 and 200 maloti in 1994.

On 1 March 2011, at a celebration marking its 30th anniversary, the Central Bank of Lesotho launched a new series of banknotes dated 2010 aimed at fighting the spread of counterfeits. The notes feature a portrait of the three royal family members: the current king, His Majesty Letsie III is in the middle, his father King Moshoeshoe II is on the left, and the founder of the Basotho nation, King Moshoeshoe I, on the right.[2]

2011 Series [1]
Value Dimensions Main Color Description Date of issue Date of first issue Watermark
Obverse Reverse
10 maloti 130 x 70 mm Red and Yellow Mokorotlo hat registration device; King Moshoeshoe II, King Letsie III, and King Moshoeshoe I; Lesotho coat of arms Cosmos flowers (Cosmos bipinnatus) 2010 March 1, 2011 Lesotho coat of arms and electrotype 10
20 maloti 135 x 70 mm Purple and light blue Mokorotlo hat registration device; King Moshoeshoe II, King Letsie III, and King Moshoeshoe I; Lesotho coat of arms Basotho huts (mokhoro) 2010 March 1, 2011 Lesotho coat of arms and electrotype 20
50 maloti 138 x 70 mm Violet Mokorotlo hat registration device; King Moshoeshoe II, King Letsie III, and King Moshoeshoe I; Lesotho coat of arms Men on horseback 2010 March 1, 2011 Lesotho coat of arms and electrotype 50
100 maloti 140 x 70 mm Green Mokorotlo hat registration device; King Moshoeshoe II, King Letsie III, and King Moshoeshoe I; Lesotho coat of arms Shepard with flock 2010 March 1, 2011 Lesotho coat of arms and electrotype 100

Banknotes in circulation:

  • 10 maloti
  • 20 maloti
  • 50 maloti
  • 100 maloti
  • 200 maloti

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Linzmayer, Owen (2012). "Lesotho". The Banknote Book. San Francisco, CA: www.BanknoteNews.com. 
  2. ^ Lesotho to issue new notes in March 2011 BanknoteNews.com. Retrieved 2012-03-20.

External links[edit]

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Preceded by:
South African rand
Ratio: at par
Currency of Lesotho
1980 –
Concurrent with: South African rand (legal tender)
Succeeded by:
Current