2 Thebe World Food Day FAO

2 Thebe (World Food Day) FAO -  obverse2 Thebe (World Food Day) FAO -  reverse

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Features

Issuer Botswana
Period Republic (1966-date)
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Years 1981-1985
Value 2 Thebe (0.02 BWP)
Currency Pula (1976-date)
Composition Bronze
Weight 1.8 g
Diameter 17.4 mm
Thickness 1.05 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 07-01-2014
Number N# 3528
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References KM# 14,
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# 4
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.

Commemorative issue

FAO - World Food Day

Obverse

Lesser Version of the coat of arms of Botswana (Tribal shield with tusk and stalk (Sorghum) on either side)

Script: Latin

Lettering:
BOTSWANA IPELEGENG
PULA
1981

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

Denomination at top, Sorghum Millet or Great Millet (Binomial Name: Sorghum bicolor)

Script: Latin

Lettering:
LEMANG DIJO
2
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

Smooth

Mint

Royal Mint, Llantrisant, United Kingdom

Comments

An ear of sorghum Millet is also depicted in the Coat of Arms of Botswana.

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
1981  9 990 000 $ 0.56 $ 0.51 $ 0.56 $ 0.56 $ 1.12 $ 1.02 99%
1981  10 000 1.5% Proof
1985  0.6%

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