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 (dated 1979) to replace the South African rand, but the rand remains legal tender.
|Code||LSL (numeric: 426) |
before 1985: LSM
|Symbol||L or M (pl.)|
|Banknotes||M10, M20, M50, M100, M200|
|Coins||1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 lisente, L1, M2, M5|
|User(s)||Lesotho (alongside South African rand)|
|Central bank||Central Bank of Lesotho|
|Source||Central Bank of Lesotho, August 2006|
|Pegged with||South African rand at par|
In 1985, the ISO 4217 code was changed from LSM into LSL.
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
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. 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.
In 2021, the Central Bank of Lesotho issued a new series of loti banknotes that are similar to the 2010 series, but the note's size is reduced to incorporate updated security features, including tactile features for those with visual impairments and giving the notes an anti-bacterial and anti-viral varnish to protect the notes from surface soiling and preventing viral disease on the notes.
|2011 Series |
|Value||Dimensions||Main Color||Description||Date of issue||Date of first issue||Watermark|
|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||Shepherd with flock||2010||March 1, 2011||Lesotho coat of arms and electrotype 100|
|200 maloti||145 x 70 mm||Orange||Man on horse||2015||April 1, 2016||King Moshoeshoe I in top hat, electrotype 200 capped with Basotho hat, and Cornerstones|
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South African rand
Ratio: at par
|Currency of Lesotho
Concurrent with: South African rand (legal tender)