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Obverse of 1986 Botswana 2 Pulas
Obverse of of 1986 Botswana 2 Pulas

Slaty Egret on Reverse of 1986 Botswana 2 Pulas
Slaty Egret on Reverse of 1986 Botswana 2 Pulas

Botswana is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name upon independence in 1966. Four decades of uninterrupted civilian leadership, progressive social policies, and significant capital investment have created one of the most dynamic economies in Africa. Mineral extraction, principally diamond mining, dominates economic activity, though tourism is a growing sector due to the country's conservation practices and extensive nature preserves.

Botswanan Coins
Botswana's first coinage was issued in 1966 upon independence. There were 100 cents = 1 thebe. It appears that only gold 10 Thebe coins and silver 50 cent coins were issued as independence commemoratives, although there is some evidence that at least some of the silver coins circulated. Some time after, the coinage was reformed, and the next coin issues were in 1976, when both ordinary circulation coins and commemorative coins for the tenth anniversary of independence, were issued, with 100 thebe = 1 pula. We tend to see very few Botswanan coins, although some, such as the olympic commemorative 5 pula in our photographs, are quite attractive.

Further Information
For more information on Botswanan history and coinage please see our history page.

Coin Specifications
Five Pula38.61 mms28.28 gramsSterling Silver0.8411

Denomination = Face Value
Diameter = Diameter in millimetres
Weight = Weight in grams
Alloy = Fineness of precious metal (.925 = 92.5%)
AMW = Metal Content = Actual precious metal content in troy ounces

The word "IPELEGENG" appears on this coin, and on most coins of Botswana. Ipelegeng means to be self sufficient or independent. It can also describe efforts to lift one's self up - in other words, to better one's self.

Prices & Availability
All prices on our websites are subject to fluctuation and availability. Please check before ordering.
DateDenominationDescriptionGradeMintageAvailabilityPrice £Price $
19885 PulaOlympic RunnersFDC25,000Yes£20$40
19862 PulaWWF World Wildlife Fund Collection - Green Turtle Silver Proof CrownFDC25,000Yes£$

Prices and Availability
DateCoins in SetDescriptionGradeMintageAvailabilityPrice £Price $
19766Proof SetFDC20,000Yes£20$40

Postage & Packing:
UK: At buyer's Risk £3.50 or
Fully Insured £9 (Usually by Royal Mail Special Delivery)
USA: Airmail at buyer's risk $10 or
Fully Insured $20
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Coins Wanted
We make an active market in almost all world coins, gold or otherwise, including Botswanan coins. If you have any of these coins to sell, please contact us, or post them to us for appraisal and offer.

If you want to find the value of a coin you own, please take a look at our page I've Found An Old Coin, What's It Worth?

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