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Lesotho new 200 maloti banknote

Celebration of the 60th birthday of King Letsie III

The 200 Maloti (US$11.68; €10.04) banknote, P-31; B-232, features a vibrant orange color and has dimensions of 160 x 69 mm.

On the front of the banknote, you’ll find the following elements:

  • A Basotho hat (mokorotlo) as a registration device.
  • An image of King Letsie III against a backdrop of a rock formation.
  • Commemorative text.
  • The national coat of arms with a crocodile on a shield, flanked by Basotho horses.
  • A Basotho hat (mokorotlo) with a demetalized “60” in Optically Variable Ink (OVI).

Turning to the back of the banknote, you’ll see:

  • An illustration of a man on horseback.
  • Another depiction of the Basotho hat (mokorotlo).

For security features, the banknote incorporates a windowed security thread with a demetalized interlocking flower pattern. In terms of watermarking, the banknote features a watermark of King Moshoeshoe I wearing a top hat, along with the electrotype “200” and a Basotho hat. Additionally, you can find cornerstones on the banknote.

The banknote was introduced on July 17th, 2023, with an initial release date of July 13th, 2023. The signatures on the banknote belong to Letete. A total of 5,000,000 of these banknotes were produced.

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The 10 Maloti (US$0.58; €0.50) banknote P-26; B-227, is characterized by a vibrant Red hue and measures a compact 130 x 68 mm.

The front of the banknote features the iconic Basotho hat (mokorotlo) ingeniously employed as a registration device, infusing an element of cultural heritage. Three revered kings are showcased: King Moshoeshoe II, King Letsie III, and King Moshoeshoe I. Adding a layer of security, the Basotho hat (mokorotlo) is rendered in Optically Variable Ink (OVI).

Flipping the banknote reveals a delicate depiction of Cosmos flowers—a symbol of elegance and beauty. The Basotho hat (mokorotlo) reappears, anchoring the theme.

The security thread, windowed and demetalized, bears the inscription “CBL 10,” contributing to the banknote’s fortified security. The watermark, an emblem of authenticity, portrays King Moshoeshoe I donning a top hat, accompanied by an electrotype “10” featuring the Basotho hat (mokorotlo) and cornerstones.

The revered De La Rue, headquartered in London, England, is responsible for the masterful creation of this banknote. Stamped with the year 2021, it made its entrance into circulation on December 23, 2021. The signature of Rets’elisitsoe Adelaide Matlanyane adds an authoritative touch to this distinctive currency.

The 20 Maloti (US$1.17; €1.00) banknote P-27; B-228, showcases an enchanting blend of Purple and light Blue, and spans dimensions of 135 x 68 mm.

On the front side, the iconic Basotho hat (mokorotlo) serves as a captivating registration device, seamlessly blending cultural significance with artistry. The esteemed figures of King Moshoeshoe II, King Letsie III, and King Moshoeshoe I are celebrated, echoing the nation’s historical legacy. The Basotho hat (mokorotlo) reappears in Optically Variable Ink (OVI), enhancing the security of the note.

Turning the banknote reveals a delicate depiction of traditional thatch-roofed round houses, emblematic of Lesotho’s cultural heritage. The Basotho hat (mokorotlo) resurfaces, embodying continuity and tradition.

For heightened security, a windowed security thread gleams with the demetalized inscription “CBL 20,” bolstering the note’s authenticity. The watermark, a hallmark of genuineness, features King Moshoeshoe I donning a top hat. An electrotype “20” is paired with the Basotho hat (mokorotlo) and cornerstones, underscoring the note’s official value.

This distinguished banknote was skillfully crafted by De La Rue, a renowned printer headquartered in London, England. With the year 2021 stamped on it, the note was introduced into circulation on December 23, 2021. The signature of Rets’elisitsoe Adelaide Matlanyane provides an authoritative touch to this exceptional currency.

The 50 Maloti (US$2.92; €2.51) banknote P-28; B-229, displays an exquisite Violet hue and measures 144 x 69 mm.

The front side of the banknote is graced by the timeless Basotho hat (mokorotlo), meticulously integrated as a registration device—a cultural emblem intertwined with artistry. The revered figures of King Moshoeshoe II, King Letsie III, and King Moshoeshoe I stand tall, symbolizing the nation’s rich historical tapestry. The Basotho hat (mokorotlo) reappears in Optically Variable Ink (OVI), heightening the note’s security.

Flipping the banknote, a poignant portrayal of men on horseback, a quintessential aspect of Basotho culture, takes center stage. The Basotho hat (mokorotlo) returns, encapsulating heritage and continuity.

The security thread, windowed and demetalized, showcases the inscription “CBL 50,” enhancing the note’s security credentials. The watermark, a mark of authenticity, features King Moshoeshoe I donning a top hat, accompanied by an electrotype “50” and the Basotho hat (mokorotlo) alongside cornerstones.

De La Rue, a revered printer headquartered in London, England, is credited with the artful creation of this banknote. Marked with the year 2021, the note was introduced into circulation on December 23, 2021. The signature of Rets’elisitsoe Adelaide Matlanyane adds a touch of authority to this distinguished currency.

The 100 Maloti (US$5.84; €5.02) banknote P-29; B-230 is characterized by a dignified Green color and measures 150 x 69 mm.

On the front of the banknote, the Basotho hat (mokorotlo) elegantly serves as a registration device, seamlessly intertwining cultural symbolism with artistic design. The figures of distinction, including King Moshoeshoe II, King Letsie III, and King Moshoeshoe I, stand as venerable icons of history. The Basotho hat (mokorotlo) reemerges in Optically Variable Ink (OVI), enhancing the banknote’s security features.

Turning the banknote reveals a compelling depiction of a shepherd with a lock, a poignant nod to Basotho culture and rural life. The Basotho hat (mokorotlo) recurs, symbolizing cultural continuity.

A windowed security thread gleams with the demetalized inscription “CBL 100,” heightening the banknote’s security. The watermark, a testament to authenticity, showcases King Moshoeshoe I donning a top hat. An electrotype “100” accompanies the Basotho hat (mokorotlo) alongside cornerstones.

The esteemed De La Rue, based in London, England, is credited with the skillful creation of this banknote. Stamped with the year 2021, the note was introduced into circulation on December 23, 2021. The signature of Rets’elisitsoe Adelaide Matlanyane provides an air of authority to this distinguished currency.

The 200 Maloti (US$11.68; €10.04) banknote P-30; B-231, showcases a vibrant Orange hue and measures 159 x 68 mm.

The front side of the banknote presents the Basotho hat (mokorotlo) in an elegant role as a registration device, blending cultural significance with artistic finesse. The figures of distinction—King Moshoeshoe II, King Letsie III, and King Moshoeshoe I—stand as beacons of history. The Basotho hat (mokorotlo) reappears in Optically Variable Ink (OVI), enhancing the banknote’s security.

Turning the banknote reveals a compelling depiction of a man on horseback, a representation that resonates with Basotho culture and heritage.

The windowed security thread gleams with the demetalized inscription “CBL 200,” adding to the note’s robust security. The watermark, emblematic of authenticity, portrays King Moshoeshoe I donning a top hat. Accompanying this are an electrotype “200,” the Basotho hat (mokorotlo), and cornerstones.

De La Rue, a distinguished printer headquartered in London, England, is credited with the creation of this remarkable banknote. The year 2021 marks its issuance, and it was introduced into circulation on December 23, 2021. The signature of Rets’elisitsoe Adelaide Matlanyane lends an air of authority to this esteemed currency.

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