5 Thebe

5 Thebe -  obverse5 Thebe -  reverse

© David Mikeladze

Features

Issuer Botswana
Period Republic (1966-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1991-1996
Value 5 Thebe (0.05 BWP)
Currency Pula (1976-date)
Composition Bronze clad steel
Weight 2.8 g
Diameter 19.5 mm
Thickness 1.28 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 1 July 2014
Number N# 8957
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References KM# 4a,
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# 5a
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Battenberg Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.

Obverse

Country` coats of arms : Tribal shield with tusk and stalk on either side with year of issue on the bottom

Lettering:
BOTSWANA IPELEGENG
PULA
1996

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 Damarensis), mostly presented in Botswana , denomination at top.

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 (1991) or reeded (1996)

Mints

Heaton's Mint, Birmingham, United Kingdom
South African Mint, Centurion, South Africa (1988-date)

Comments

Here is an example of KM4a.1 (Heaton - smaller value, date, bough & beak)
 

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 VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1991  $ 0.25 $ 0.39 $ 0.43 $ 1.14 87% KM#4a.1 Heaton , Birmingham (smooth edge, small value and year number, smaller bough and beak))
1996  $ 0.35 33% KM#4a.2 South African MInt (reeded edge; thick letters + numbers, redesigned coat of arms with small animal)

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