1 Pula

1 Pula -  obverse1 Pula -  reverse

© Ponpandi Perumal

Features

Issuer Botswana
Period Republic (1966-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1991-2007
Value 1 Pula (1.00 BWP)
Currency Pula (1976-date)
Composition Nickel brass
Weight 8.8 g
Diameter 24 mm
Thickness 2.7 mm
Shape Heptagonal (7-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 07-01-2014
Number N# 3232
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References KM# 24,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
Schön# 28
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.

Obverse

National arms with supporters, date below

Lettering:
BOTSWANA
PULA
1991
IPELEGENG

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

Zebra left, denomination above

Lettering:
1
PULA

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

7 sequences of 10 embossed mills each between smooth corners

Comments

Plains zebra or common zebra or Burchell's zebra (Found extensively in Botswana)
Binomial Name: Equus quagga

PLEASE NOTE: The second "1" in the date 1991, is sometimes misread as a "7". Compare it to the first "1" to ensure that it is not a "7". If you do in fact have a coin dated 1997, please submit the change request and add a scan of the date side of the coin as well.  The coin pictured here is a 1991 coin, for comparison.

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 VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1991  $ 0.35 $ 0.87 $ 1.00 $ 3.17 $ 2.09 86%
2007  $ 1.36 $ 1.00 $ 2.09 22%

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