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  • 2 Pula 1994, KM# 25, Botswana
  • 2 Pula 1994, KM# 25, Botswana

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.



Square-lipped rhinoceros left, denomination above.

A rhinoceros (meaning "nose horn"), often abbreviated to rhino, are some of the largest remaining megafauna. The white rhinoceros or square-lipped rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) is the largest extant species of rhinoceros. It has a wide mouth used for grazing and is the most social of all rhino species.

The head and body length is 3.7 to 4.5 m (12.1 to 14.8 ft) in males and 3.4 to 3.65 m (11.2 to 12.0 ft) in females, with the tail adding another 70 cm (28 in) and the shoulder height is 170 to 186 cm (5.58 to 6.10 ft) in the male and 160 to 177 cm (5.25 to 5.81 ft) in the female. The male, averaging about 2,300 kg (5,070 lb) is heavier than the female, at an average of about 1,700 kg (3,750 lb). On its snout it has two horn-like growths, one behind the other. These are made of solid keratin, in which they differ from the horns of bovids (cattle and their relatives), which are keratin with a bony core, and deer antlers, which are solid bone.



2 Pula

KM# 25 Schön# 29
Material Nickel Brass
Weight 6.03 g
Diameter 26.4 mm
Thickness 2.3 mm
Shape polygon
Sides 7
Alignment Medal
Royal Canadian Mint (RCM)

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