5 Thebe

5 Thebe - obverse5 Thebe - reverse

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Features

Issuer Botswana
Period Republic (1966-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1998-2009
Value 5 Thebe (0.05 BWP)
Currency Pula (1976-date)
Composition Copper plated steel
Weight 2.41 g
Diameter 16.9 mm
Thickness 1.75 mm
Shape Heptagonal (7-sided)
Technique Milled
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 1 July 2014
Number
N#
5410
References KM# 26,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.
Schön# 24
Gerhard Schön; 2022. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Battenberg Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.

Obverse

National Arms of Botswana, date below.

Script: Latin

Lettering:
BOTSWANA IPELEGENG
PULA
1998

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, value above.

Script: Latin

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

Smooth

Mint

South African Mint, Centurion, South Africa (1992-date)

Comments

The Toko bird (Tockus erythrorhynchus) is a complex of species occasionally split into 5 species, one of which, present in Botswana, is T. damarensis.

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.

Note. Each year original die of Obv. was used. They are easily distinguished by style and thickness of letters and date.

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1998  $ 0.22 $ 0.49 $ 0.54 $ 0.54 $ 0.76 $ 0.99 66%
2002  $ 0.13 $ 0.29 $ 0.54 $ 0.65 $ 0.80 $ 1.10 18%
2007  $ 0.66 $ 0.66 $ 0.83 $ 0.83 $ 0.83 19%
2009  $ 0.33 $ 0.54 $ 1.10 $ 1.10 16%

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