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  • 1 Pula 1991-2007, KM# 24, Botswana
  • 1 Pula 1991-2007, KM# 24, Botswana

Engraver: Michael Hibbit


Botswana coat of arms, country name above, date and word IPELEGENG below.

Ipelegeng means to be self-sufficient or independent.

The coat of arms of Botswana was adopted on January 25, 1966. The shape of the centre shield is that of traditional shields found in East Africa. On the top portion of the shield are three cogwheels that represent industry.

The three waves symbolize water, and reminds the viewer of the motto of the nation: pula, which means simply "rain", but also good luck, and is the name of the nation's currency. This motto also highlights the importance of water to Botswana. The motto is found at the bottom of the coat of arms on a blue ribbon.

At the bottom of the shield is the head of a bull, which symbolises the importance of cattle herding in Botswana. The zebra on the right holds an ear of sorghum, an important crop in the nation. The zebra on the left holds a tusk of ivory, symbolic of the former ivory trade in Botswana. There is also view that ivory tusk represents wild life preservation. Botswana has one of the highest elephant populations in Africa.



Zebra left, denomination above.

Zebras are several species of African equids (horse family) united by their distinctive black-and-white striped coats. Their stripes come in different patterns, unique to each individual. They are generally social animals that live in small harems to large herds. Unlike their closest relatives, horses and donkeys, zebras have never been truly domesticated.

The unique stripes of zebras make them one of the animals most familiar to people. They occur in a variety of habitats, such as grasslands, savannas, woodlands, thorny scrublands, mountains, and coastal hills.



7 sequences of 10 embossed mills each between smooth corners.

1 Pula

KM# 24 Schön# 28
Material Nickel Brass
Weight 8.8 g
Diameter 24 mm
Thickness 2.7 mm
Shape polygon
Sides 7
Alignment Medal
Royal Canadian Mint (RCM)
South African Mint (SA Mint)

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