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1976 - Present Issues

     

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Chief of State, HOG:
President Seretse Khama Ian
KHAMA
1.4.2008 - present




LEFATSHE LA BOTSWANA - BOTSWANA Banknotes, 1976 - Present Issues

LEFATSHE LA BOTSWANA
Republic of Botswana

1884 GBR Bechuanaland Protectorate; 1964 Bechuanaland; 30.9.1966 Republic of Botswana  
 
GBR currency  1884-1971; ZAF  1971-76; BWA 1976 >
The first banknotes attritutable to Botswana were issued in 1976

Banka ya Botswanan
Bank of Botswana

1976-79 Issues

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P.1  1 Pula ND(1976)   AB
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P.2 - P.4 Images Needed
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P.5b  20 Pula ND(1979)   AB
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1982-83 Issues

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P.6a  1 Pula ND(1983)   AB
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P.7 - P.9 Images Needed
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P.10b  20 Pula ND(1982)   AB
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1992-95 Issues

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P.11a  5 Pula ND(1992)   AB
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P.11 - P.16 Images Needed
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P.16a  100 Pula ND(1992-95   AB
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1997 Issues

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P.17a  10 Pula ND(1997)   AB
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P.18 Images Needed
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P.19a  50 Pula ND(1997)   AB
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1999-2000 Issues

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P.20a  10 Pula ND(1999)ula
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P.21 - P.23 Images Needed

2002-07 Issues

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P.24b  10 Pula ND(2007)   AB
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P.25b  20 Pula ND(2006)   AB
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P.26 - P.27 Images Needed
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P.28  50 Pula ND(2005)   AB
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P.29  100 Pula ND(2005)   AB
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2009-14 Issues

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P.30a  10 Pula ND(8.21.2009)   AB
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P.31 Images Needed
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P.32a  50 Pula ND(2009)   AB
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P.33a  100 Pula ND(2009)   AB
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P.34a  200 Pula ND(2009)    AB
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New Issues

P.New Images Needed

Collector Series

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PCS1.3  5 Pula ND(1976)    AB
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P.CS1.4  10 Pula ND(1976)    AB
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BACKGROUNDER

Botswana's history began with the formation of the baNgwato (BagammaNgwato) tribe in 1690. The Bechuanaland Protectorate was established by the British on 31 March 1885. No official banknotes were issued for the Bechuanaland Protectorate as they used the British Pound Sterling until 1971.

Bechuanaland was a very poor country from the 1880's until independence. Seretse
Khama was the rightful heir to the Bechuanaland throne but he complicated his succession while he was studying in Britain by marrying Ruth Williams, a white British woman. As a result his uncle Tshekedi Khama who was the acting chieftain (King) refused to allow Seretse Khama to accede to the throne.

Seretse Khama and Lady Ruth were exiled in Britain by the British government but were eventually allowed  to return after Seretse confronted
the British Administration with false reports about his competence to lead his nation. There were also looming issues with poaching companies mining on their land. 

Sir Seretse Khama returned to lead his country into independence as the Republic of Botswana and served as Prime Minister from 3.3.1965 - 30.9.1965, then as President from 30.9.1965 - 13.7.1980, when he died at age 59. Lady Ruth Williams Khama died on 22.5.2002 at the age of 78.

Since the late 1960s Botswana has gained in international stature as a peaceful and increasingly prosperous democratic state. It has had one of the fastest growing economies in the world, rising from one of the poorest to lower-middle income level. This new prosperity has been based on the mining of diamonds and other minerals, which have built up state revenues, and on the sale of beef to Europe and the world market. There has been extensive development of educational and health facilities, in villages and traditional rural towns as well as in rapidly growing new towns. But there has also been an increasing gap between classes of new rich and new poor.  NP

On 1.4.2008 the son of
Seretse Khama and Lady Ruth, Seretse Khama Ian Khama became the President of Botswana and continues to serve in that post today. He is also Kgosi (Chief) of the baNgwato(bamaNgwato) tribe         1.3.2018                                          

NP  Source: Neil Parsons, History of Botswana

LINKS
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Bank of Botswana (Central Bank)