This week our banknote comes from a landlocked country in south Africa. Botswana is roughly the shape of a triangle. It is 600 miles north to south, and 600 miles east to west. About 70% of the country is desert. This country has a subtropical desert climate with almost no rainfall for six months. It is Africa’s oldest country with continuous democracy.  

Our note this week is Botswana 10 Pula pNEW BNB130b 2020. This is a green polymer banknote with English text. On the front are images of President Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, and Gemsbok antelope. The back of the note shows the National Assembly building.

President Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi is the fifth and current President of Botswana. He is a retired school teacher. Masisi took office in 2018 after serving as Vice President from 2014-2018. Masisi has focused on diversifying the economy and working on lowering unemployment. He has been accused of authoritarian views and stifling dissent by the former President.

Gemsbok antelope are also known as the South African Oryx or Oryx gazella. This antelope is native to the Kalahari Desert. The Gemsbok antelope can be seen on many different banknotes and emblems including Namibia’s coat of arms. This antelope is a taupe to tan color with a distinct white and black pattern on its face. Both male and female Gemsbok antelope have long straight horns.

This green colored banknote displays images of President Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, Gemsbok antelope, and the National Assembly building. The current price for this note is $6.00, but it is subject to change. To see more about this note or other notes like it, head to our website.

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Country: Botswana

Denomination: 10 Pula

Pick #: New

Banknote Book #: 130b

Grade: UNC

Year: 2020 (2021)

Other Info: Bank of Botswana (Polymer note)

Coloration: Green

Depictions: Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Marisia: Shield/Crest; Head of antelope; Polymer window with front of rearing zebra; National Assembly Building in Gaborone

Note Size: 5 1/4″ x 2 1/2″

Continent: Africa

Watermark: Rearing Zebra