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Total commemorative banknotes issued is under 1,500 pieces. If you have achieved any figures close to this, then you are doing extremely well, as many of the older commemorative notes are hard to find even in poor conditions.

Opinion: Many collectors of commemorative banknotes would have come across with those Somaliland sets overprinted with gold and silver texts with the following wordings - 5th Anniversary of Independence 18 May 1996 [Sanad Gurade 5ee Gobanimadda 18 May 1996]. I believe these are "home made" (or fake) and not authorised by the central bank. My argument is simple. No central bank would have issued an overprint commemorative banknote that the texts are so large that it would cover the two signatures on the note as well as part of the serial numbers. Even if these are genuine notes, then these could be issued as souvenir sheets and not as legal tender. As I said before, this is my opinion. If you have paid top dollars for these, please think about my argument. There is always a sucker around the corner, including me of course!

All comments are most welcome but it has to be subjects related to banknotes or banknotes collection. If not, it will not be approved. Thanks

12 January 2024

...Lesotho - 200 Maloti 2023 Commemorative 60th Birthday of King Letsie lll (b.1963-)

 Naha ea Lesotho
(Kingdom of Lesotho)

Banka e Kholo ea Lesotho
(Central Bank of Lesotho)
Currency - Loti (LSL)

This is a commemorative note released on 12.07.2023, for the celebration of King Letsie lll's 60th birthday. This is also the first commemorative banknote issued by the Kingdom since gaining independence from the British in 1966.
King Leslie lll (born Seeiso Bereng) was born on 17.07.1963 in Morija, Basutoland (Lesotho). He is the eldest son of King Moshoeshoe ll (born Constantine Bereng Seeiso 1938-1966). King Leslie lll was installed as King of Lesotho following the death of his father on 15.01.1996. However, this is the second time King Leslie lll succeeded to the Lesotho throne as in 1990, he became King of Lesotho when his father Moshoeshoe ll was forced into exile. However, Moshoeshoe ll returned and was restored as King of Lesotho in 1995. He died in 1996 following a car accident.

The design for this note on the front is completely new, but retained the same design on the back as the current 200 maloti previously issued.

The Lesotho Loti currency is at par with the South African Rand.

Two Hundred Maloti
King Letsie lll (b.1963-)

Front - Portrait of King Letsie lll in the middle. To his left are the commemorative text printed on the note; -
60th birthday
King Letsie lll
July 17th 2023
Kingdom of Lesotho
In the upper right corner is the Coat of Arms of Lesotho, with the year date of 2023 added. The note is printed with the year date of 2023. Below that is the image of a mokorotlo with the number 60 added. Mokorotlo is a type of straw hat widely used for traditional Sotho clothing, and is the national symbol of Lesotho.

Signature - Dr Emmanuel Maluke Letete (tenure 2021-date)
Watermark - King Moshoeshoe l and electrotype 200
Quantity - 5.0 million pieces
Dimensions - 161mm x 70.5mm
Back - Man on horse. I am not sure if this has any significant meaning, like a famous painting, or something else. It may have very little sense just to have a native sitting on a horseback overlooking a valley or town.
Man on horseback

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