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200 Kwacha 2003, Malawi

in Krause book Number: 47b
Years of issue: 01.10.2003
Edition: 58 446 445
Signatures: Governor: Dr. Ellias E. Ngalande (in office 2000 - 2005)
Serie: 2001 - 2003 Issue
Specimen of: 01.10.2001
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 156 x 78
Printer: Giesecke und Devrient GmbH, Muenchen

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200 Kwacha 2003




Reverend John Chilembwe and denomination 200.


200 Kwacha 2003

John Chilembwe

Reverend John Chilembwe (1871 - February 3, 1915) was a Baptist pastor and educator, who trained as a minister in the United States, returning to Nyasaland in 1901. He was an early figure in the resistance to colonialism, in Nyasaland (Malawi), opposing both the treatment of Africans working in agriculture on European-owned plantations and the colonial government's failure to promote the social and political advancement of Africans. Soon after the outbreak of the First World War, Chilembwe organized an unsuccessful uprising against colonial rule. Today, Chilembwe is celebrated as a hero for independence, and John Chilembwe Day is observed annually on January 15 in Malawi.


Centered is the view of Lake Nyasa with the lake boat (Dugout) with three fishermen on it. On the background is the mountain range and getting up, at dawn, sun.

Lake Malawi, also known as Lake Nyasa in Tanzania and Lago Niassa in Mozambique, is an African Great Lake and the southernmost lake in the East African Rift system, located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. It is the ninth largest lake in the world and the third largest and second deepest lake in Africa. It is home to more species of fish than any other lake, including about 1000 species of cichlids. The Mozambique portion of the lake was officially declared a reserve by the Government of Mozambique on June 10, 2011, and in Malawi a portion of the lake is included in the Lake Malawi National Park. Lake Malawi is a meromictic lake; permanent stratification and the toxic-anoxic boundary are maintained by moderately small chemical and thermal gradients.

The Portuguese trader Candido José da Costa Cardoso was the first European to visit the lake in 1846. David Livingstone reached the lake in 1859, and named it "Lake Nyasa". "Nyasa" in language of Yao people means "Lake".


A dugout or dugout canoe is a boat made from a hollowed tree trunk. Other names for this type of boat are logboat and monoxylon. Monoxylon (μονόξυλον) (pl: monoxyla) is Greek - mono- (single) + ξύλον xylon (tree) - and is mostly used in classic Greek texts. In Germany they are called einbaum ("one tree" in English). Some, but not all, pirogues are also constructed in this manner.

The well-watered tropical rainforest and woodland regions of sub-Saharan Africa provide both the waterways and the trees for dugout canoes, which are commonplace from the Limpopo River basin in the south through East and Central Africa and across to West Africa. African Teak is the timber favoured for their construction, though this comprises a number of different species, and is in short supply in some areas. Dugouts are paddled across deep lakes and rivers or punted through channels in swamps (makoro) or in shallow areas, and are used for transport, fishing and hunting, including, in the past, the very dangerous hunting of hippopotamus. Dugouts are called pirogues in Francophone areas of Africa.

On the right side is a hologram strip with denomination and emblem of the Reserve Bank of Malawi (see Reverse).

In the center and lower left are the relief (seen through) image of a fish (see Reverse).

Denominations in numerals are in lower left and top right corners, also centered. In words lower and in top left corner.


200 Kwacha 2003

Reserve bank Reserve bank Reserve bank

Centered is the building of Reserve Bank Headquarters in Lilongwe - capital of Malawi.

The building was built in Lilongwe in 1981, when the main branch of the Reserve Bank was transferred here from Zomba.

Construction was performed by Malawian company "Plem Construction Limited".

"Plem Construction Limited" is a prominent name in Malawi's construction industry. Their expertise lies in the construction of Industrial warehouses, water supply schemes, irrigation systems and grain storage silos. they have successfully completed numerous schools, office complexes, national monuments, urban infrastructure, factory sheds, roads and bridges throughout Malawi. Additionally, we are currently involved in warehouse construction in Tete, Mozambique as well as irrigation and water supply schemes in eastern Zambia.

Lilongwe is the largest and capital city of Malawi. The city is located in the central region of Malawi, near the borders with Mozambique and Zambia, and it is an important economic and transportation hub for central Malawi. It is named after the Lilongwe River.

Lilongwe had existed for centuries as a small fishing village on the banks of the Lilongwe River. During British Colonial Rule, the settlement became an administrative center due to its strategic location. Formally founded in 1906 as a trading post, Lilongwe was officially recognized as a town in 1947. After gaining independence, it increasingly developed into an important trading center in Malawi's central region. Its growth was encouraged when the country's former head of state, Hastings Kamuzu Banda, established it as Malawi's new capital city in 1975 (instead of Zomba). The last government offices have been relocated to Lilongwe in 2005. The city's population is increasing rapidly, with an annual growth rate of 4.3%.

emblem bank

Top is the emblem of the Reserve Bank of Malawi.

The emblem represents the upper part of the coat of arms of the country. Depicts African Fish Eagle in natural color with spread wings down, closing three-quarters of a golden sun, arisen from the waters with golden fifteen sunbeams.


Centered and lower are the seen-through image of the fish, presumably, Livingston's Cichlid.

Nimbochromis livingstonii, Livingston's Cichlid or (locally) kalingono, is a freshwater mouthbrooding cichlid native to Lake Malawi, an African Rift Lake. It is also found in the upper Shire River and Lake Malombe. They are found in inshore areas of the lake over sandy substrates.

Denominations in numerals are in lower left and top right corners. In words in top left corner and on the right side.