1 Thebe

1 Thebe -  obverse1 Thebe -  reverse

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Features

Country Botswana
Period Republic (1966-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1976-1991
Value 1 Thebe (0.01 BWP)
Currency Pula (1976-date)
Composition Aluminium
Weight 0.7 g
Diameter 18.5 mm
Thickness 1.27 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 07-01-2014
References KM# 3,
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# 3
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.

Obverse

National coat of arms of Botswana.

Lettering:
BOTSWANA IPELEGENG
PULA
1983

Translation:
Republic of Botswana
Rain
1983

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

Value to right of Turako

Lettering: 1 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

Mint

Royal Mint, Llantrisant, United Kingdom

Comments

London Mint

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 progam created for reducing the poverty in the country.

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1976  15 033 000 0.06 0.42 0.54 0.60 0.60 0.97 72%
1976  16 742 5.01 2% Proof
1981  10 000 0.4% Proof
1983  5 000 000 0.71 0.81 9%
1984  5 000 000 0.76 0.81 0.60 14%
1985  0.5%
1987  1.04 4%
1988  5%
1989  0.12 0.23 0.49 12%
1991  0.57 0.46 1.04 16%

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