Take a trip with us to Lesotho. This small African country is encircled by South Africa, and is famous for its scenery filled with mountain ranges, rivers and valleys. It boasts a variety of plants, animals, and birds. Additionally, Lesotho’s has the highest base altitude (highest lowest point) of any country with its lowest altitude being 1,400 meters.

Our banknote this week is Lesotho 10 Maloti p11a (BNB208a) 1990. This banknote is a red and yellow colored paper note. On the front are images of Lesotho’s coat of arms and Moshoeshoe II. The back of the note shows Mosotho horseman in a corn field with mountains in the background. This banknote has English and Sotho text. The watermark is Moshoeshoe II.

Lesotho’s coat of arms originates from 1966 following Lesotho’s independence. It shows a Basotho shield with a crocodile on it. Standing behind the shield is an assegai (lance) and a knobkierie (club). On the sides of the shield are Basutho horses. At the bottom is a ribbon with the motto: Khotso, Pula, Nala which translates to: Peace, Rain, Prosperity.

Moshoeshoe II was the first King of Lesotho and reigned from 1966 until a deadly car accident in 1996. Formerly known as Constantine Bereng Seeiso, Moshoeshoe II’s power as king was limited, and he faced political opposition throughout his sovereignty. He was exiled twice, once in 1970, and again from 1990 until 1995. During his exile from 1990 until 1995, his son Letsie III acted as king, and took over as king again after Moshoeshoe II’s death.

This 10 Maloti banknote shows images of Lesotho’s coat of arms, Moshoeshoe II, and horseman in field. This banknote is our current featured note and will be offered at a discounted price for a limited time. The current price for this note is $9.00, but it is subject to change. To see more about this note or other notes like it, head to our website.

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Country: Lesotho

Denomination: 10 Maloti

Pick #: 11a

Banknote Book #: 208a

Grade: UNC

Year: 1990

Coloration: Multicolored

Depictions: King Moshoeshoe II; Crest; Man on horse; Mountains

Note Size: 5″ x 2 3/4″

Continent: Africa

Watermark: King Moshoeshoe II