5 Thebe reeded edge

5 Thebe (reeded edge) -  obverse5 Thebe (reeded edge) -  reverse

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Features

Issuer Botswana
Period Republic (1966-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1976-1989
Value 5 Thebe (0.05 BWP)
Currency Pula (1976-date)
Composition Bronze (97% Copper, 2.5% Zinc, 0.5% Tin)
Weight 2.7 g
Diameter 19.5 mm
Thickness 1.27 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 07-01-2014
Number N# 1047
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References KM# 4,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Schön# 5
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.

Obverse

Tribal shield with tusk and stalk on either side.

Lettering:
BOTSWANA IPELEGENG
PULA
1976

Engraver: Michael Hibbit

Michael Hibbit (1947, London) is a coin designer based in Reading, Berkshire, UK. He trained in graphic design and specialised in medallic engraving in 1972. He started working as a freelance sculptor in 1975, and he undertook commissions for the Royal Mint, the Birmingham Mint, Spink & Sons, the Pobjoy Mint, and the Franklin Mint, amongst others. He won an international medal competition staged by the Medical Heritage Society of America, which stimulated his interest in high relief medals. Michael is also a fully qualified paragliding instructor, and he has an interest in air sports.

Reverse

Red-billed hornbill left (Tockus erythrorhynchus), denomination at top. It is a complex of species occasionnaly split into 5 species, one of which, present in Botswana, is T. damarensis.

Lettering:
5
THEBE

Engraver: Michael Hibbit

Michael Hibbit (1947, London) is a coin designer based in Reading, Berkshire, UK. He trained in graphic design and specialised in medallic engraving in 1972. He started working as a freelance sculptor in 1975, and he undertook commissions for the Royal Mint, the Birmingham Mint, Spink & Sons, the Pobjoy Mint, and the Franklin Mint, amongst others. He won an international medal competition staged by the Medical Heritage Society of America, which stimulated his interest in high relief medals. Michael is also a fully qualified paragliding instructor, and he has an interest in air sports.

Edge

Reeded

Mints

Royal Mint, Llantrisant, United Kingdom
Royal Mint, London, United Kingdom

Comments

London and Llantrisant Mints.

What does the word "Pula" mean? Pula literally means "rain" in Tswana language, because rain is very scarce in Botswana (most of the surface of Kalahari Desert is situated here) and therefore valuable and a blessing. The word also is the national motto of the country.

What does the word "Ipelegeng" mean? The word "Ipelegeng" literally means "to carry your own weight" or "to be self sufficient or independent", in general has got different meanings in Tswana language. Ipelegeng is also a South African city and a Botswana program created for reducing the poverty in the country.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1976  3 000 000 0.35 0.50 1.17 1.17 1.30 36%
1976  16 742 3% Proof
1977  250 000 5%
1979  200 000 2%
1980  1 000 000 0.66 10%
1981  4 990 000 0.15 0.25 25%
1981  10 000 0.6% Proof
1984  2 000 000 0.99 0.59 1.00 19%
1985  0.5%
1988  0.18 0.59 24%
1989  0.18 0.45 0.28 23%

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