Coins from Botswana

Botswana, officially the Republic of Botswana, is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. Formerly known as the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana took on its new name after becoming independent on 30 September 1966. Botswana is said to have the best perceived corruption ranking in Africa since at least 1998. Hard to believe, but Botswana is currently Africa's oldest continuous democracy. Topographically flat, the Kalahari Desert covers around 70% of the 581,730 km² (224,610 square miles) land. It has a population of just over 2 million people, making Botswana one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. The capital and largest city, Gaborone is home to only 10% of the population. In the 1960s it had a GDP per capita of about US$70 per year, but since then has transformed itself into one of the world's fastest-growing economies. The economy is sustained by mining, cattle, and tourism. Today, Botswana has an astonishing GDP per capita of about $18,825 per year as of 2015, which is one of the highest in Africa, a growth of almost 27,000% from 1960. The currency is the Pula (translated as rain) divided into 100 Thebe (raindrops). The first coins were issued to commemorate the independence in 1966, while first circulation coins were only issued in 1976, 10 years after independence.
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Rand (1961-1976)

Available for swap 50 Cents (Independence)
(1966)

Non-circulating coin: Independence
Silver (.800) • 10 g • ⌀ 27 mm
KM# 1, Schön# 1, N# 17784
10 Thebe (Independence)
(1966)

Non-circulating coin: Independence
Gold (.900) • 11.29 g • ⌀ 24.5 mm
KM# 2, Schön# 2, N# 61830

Pula (1976-date)

100 Thebe = 1 Pula

Available for swap 1 Thebe
1976-1991

Aluminium-magnesium (98% Aluminium, 2% Magnesium) • 0.7 g • ⌀ 18.5 mm
KM# 3, Schön# 3, N# 4373
Available for swap 2 Thebe (World Food Day) FAO
1981-1985

Circulating commemorative coin: FAO - World Food Day
Bronze • 1.8 g • ⌀ 17.4 mm
KM# 14, Schön# 4, N# 3528
Available for swap 5 Thebe (reeded edge)
1976-1989

Bronze (97% Copper, 2.5% Zinc, 0.5% Tin) • 2.7 g • ⌀ 19.5 mm
KM# 4, Schön# 5, N# 1047
Available for swap 5 Thebe
1991-1996

Bronze clad steel • 2.8 g • ⌀ 19.5 mm
KM# 4a, Schön# 5a, N# 8957
Available for swap 5 Thebe
1998-2009

Copper plated steel • 2.41 g • ⌀ 16.9 mm
KM# 26, Schön# 24, N# 5410
Available for swap 5 Thebe
2013

Nickel clad steel • 2.218 g • ⌀ 18 mm
KM# 31, Schön# 32, N# 58715
Available for swap 10 Thebe
1976-1989

Copper-nickel (75% Copper, 25% Nickel) • 3.83 g • ⌀ 22.0 mm
KM# 5, Schön# 6, N# 1048