A Catalogue Of Zambian Money: 1953 – 2011

A catalogue of Zambian money illustrates the varied and interesting range of coins and paper money that have been used at different times in this part of Africa.

The history of Africa reveals that Zambia was a former colony of Great Britain. Zambia (Northern Rhodesia), Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia and Malawi (Nyasaland) later briefly formed the Federation Of Rhodesia And Nyasaland. They used the same currency as a federation until Zambia and Malawi split off as independent countiries in 1964. This became the diversion point for the currencies in the three separate countries.

Rhodesia And Nyasaland Coinage (1953-1964)

 

Half Penny

Half Penny

 

Half penny - b

Half penny - b

Penny

Penny

Penny - b

Penny - b

Three Pence Coin

Three Pence Coin

One Shilling - heads

One Shilling - heads

One Shilling

One Shilling

Rhodesia And Nyasaland Paper Money (1953 – 1964)

Ten Shillings

Ten Shillings

 

Ten Shillings - b

Ten Shillings - b

One Pound Note

One Pound Note

One Pound - b

One Pound - b

Five Pounds Note

Five Pounds Note

Five Pounds Note - b

Five Pounds Note - b

Zambian Coinage

 

After Zambia attained independence from Great Britain in 1964 a new (decimal) currency was introduced. The Pound  sterling was replaced by the Kwacha and the penny was replaced by the Ngwee. A hundred Ngwee make 1 Kwacha.

In some Zambian languages “Kwacha” means “Sunrise”  or “Dawn” (e.g.  Bemba and Nyanja languages) and Ngwee means “Bright.” This alluded to the vision of a bright emergence and future for the new Zambian nation.

2 Shillings

2 Shillings

5 Shillings 1965-b

5 Shillings 1965-b

5 Shillings 1965

5 Shillings 1965

 

1 And 2 Ngwee Coins -  1983

1 And 2 Ngwee Coins - 1983

5 Ngwee Coin

5 Ngwee Coin (1972)

10 Ngwee Coin

10 Ngwee Coin (1978)

20 Ngwee Coin

20 Ngwee Coin (1981)

50 Ngwee Coin

50 Ngwee Coin (1968-1973)

One Kwacha Coin

One Kwacha Coin (1968-1988)

Zambian Paper Money

1 Kwacha note

1 Kwacha note (1968-1988)

1 Kwacha-back

1 Kwacha-back (1968-1988)

2 Kwacha note

2 Kwacha note (1968 - 1989)

2  Kwacha-back

2 Kwacha-back (1968 - 1989)

5 Kwacha note

5 Kwacha note (1973 - 1989)

5 Kwacha note

5 Kwacha note (1973 - 1989)

10 Kwacha note

10 Kwacha note (1968 - 1981)

50 Kwacha note

50 Kwacha note (1986)

100 Kwacha note

100 Kwacha note (1991)

500 Kwacha note

500 Kwacha note (1991)

5000 Kwacha-back

5000 Kwacha-back (1992)

 

5000  Kwacha note

5000 Kwacha note (1992)

1 000  Kwacha note

1 000 Kwacha note (1992)

10 000 Kwacha note

10 000 Kwacha note (1992)

10 000 Kwacha note - back

10 000 Kwacha note - back (1992)

50 000  Kwacha note

50 000 Kwacha note

50 000 Kwacha note - b

50 000 Kwacha note -

Zambian currency has suffered from inflation. Over time, the exchange rate has changed from K2 to the British pound to somewhere betwee K7,000 and K8,000.

Coins and lower denomination notes are not commonly used and are only of interest as collectors items and tourist souvenirs. The lowest denomination in common use is the K50 note and the highest is the K50,000 note.

REFERENCES

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zambian_kwacha
  2. http://www.joelscoins.com/nationsdead.htm
  3. http://lynncoins.com/proofcoin_article.htm
  4. http://www.atsnotes.com/catalog/banknotes/zambia.html
  5. http://www.ma-shops.com/aurich/item.php5?id=4719&lang=en
  6. http://ukzambians.co.uk/zambia/?p=432
  7. http://colnect.com/en/banknotes/banknote/13453-1_Kwacha-1968_ND_Issue-Zambia
  8. http://www.banknotes.com/z.html
  9. http://www.garrysue.net/
  10. http://www.katespapermoney.com/category.asp?ID=296
  11. http://www.sccs.swarthmore.edu/users/08/ajb/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Zambian_kwacha.html
  12. http://users.erols.com/kurrency/mw.htm
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  11 comments for “A Catalogue Of Zambian Money: 1953 – 2011

  1. Francis muntanga
    February 8, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    I have a collection of zambian rhodesia coins and uk old coins..my contact is +260979 708 703.. Including notes as well.

  2. peter mutuna
    December 23, 2016 at 12:43 am

    I have old zambian coins

  3. jonathan chibwe
    April 4, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    I have collected 5ngwee 1972,20ngwee 1981,1penny 1953-64,2ngwee 1983,1ngwee 1983,k5 1992,50ngwee 1972.

  4. Mave4
    September 30, 2015 at 4:58 am

    I have the first coin …the one penny with a hole in it.
    At first I thought my coin was rusted but its the same color as the one above. I am also in possession of a few other old coins. musengambi@gmail.com

    • JS
      October 3, 2015 at 11:34 pm

      I wish I had kept my collection of coins and stamps from the sixties. You will find that your collection becomes more valuable with time. If you want to send us photos of your collection, we can publish them here.

  5. jonathan chibwe
    July 10, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    i have a big collection of oldcoin from different countries.my phone number 0977441052.

  6. L SAI KRISHNA KUMAR
    June 8, 2013 at 12:00 am

    I worked in ZAMBIA FOR 15 YEARS . Zambia has played a significant role in my life for which I am grateful to ZAMBIA AND THE PEOPLE OF ZAMBIA.
    I have been collecting coins and coins. May I make a request to you to send me samples of zambian curency and coins . The posession of these I shall cherish for ever.
    with warm regards
    L SAI KRISHNA KUAMR

    • Joseph k k
      August 6, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      Hi ,my Name is joseph I’m need of old ngwees of 1988 one ngwee,two ngwee,five,ngwee & ten ngwee.

      • January 24, 2016 at 7:52 pm

        i have i’am in zambia call me on +260965637180

    • mathew kabwe
      December 12, 2015 at 9:22 am

      i have old coins from 1955 with nyasaland n a hole between it

    • March 24, 2016 at 11:55 pm

      What types of Zambian coins do you buy? Show them full pictures both sides.

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