Botswana new sig/date (2017) 20-pula note (B125e) confirmed

Like B125d, but new signatures (Ontefetse Kenneth Matambo and Moses Dinekere Pelaelo) and new date (2017). Prefix AH.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Botswana new 10-pula polymer note (B129) confirmed

Like B124, but printed on polymer. new date (2018), and new signatures. Prefix AE.
This is Botswana’s first polymer note, and the first note in the world with Gemini Microtext.

Courtesy of .

Botswana new 10-pula polymer note (B129) reported for introduction on 01.02.2018

In response to persistent public concerns regarding the poor quality of the current circulating 10-pula note (B124) printed on paper, the Bank of Botswana plans to introduce a new polymer note on 1 February 2018.


Courtesy of Alex Zlotin.

Botswana new date (2014) 10-pula note (B124d) confirmed

B124d: Like B124c, but new date (2014). Prefix AD.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Botswana new date (2014) 20-pula note (B125d) confirmed

Like B125c, but new date (2014). Prefix AH.

Courtesy of Craig Eustace.

Botswana new date (2014) 50-pula note (B126c) confirmed

Like B126b, but new date (2014).

Couresty of Craig Eustace.

Botswana new date (2014) 200-pula note (B128d) confirmed

Like B128c, but new date (2014).

Courtesy of Craig Eustace.

Botswana new date (2012) 100-pula note (B127c) confirmed

Like B127b, but new date (2012).

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (

Botswana new date (2012) 200-pula note (B128c) confirmed

Like B128b, but new date (201).

Courtesy of Craig Eustace.

Botswana new sig/date (2012) 50-pula note (B126b) confirmed

Like B126a, but new signature and date (2012).

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Botswana new date (2012) 20-pula note (B125c) confirmed

Like B125b, but new date (2012).

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer and Craig Eustace.

Botswana chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

The Botswana chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale and as a free download to subscribers.

This 10-page catalog covers notes issued by the Bank of Botswana from 1976 to present. Revised 24 July 2016.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Botswana new sig/date (2010) pula notes confirmed

All denominations—B124 to B128—except the 50-pula note have been confirmed with the new date 2010 on back, and new signature combo (Ontefetse Kenneth Matambo and Linah K. Mohohlo).

Courtesy of Craig Eustace and Andrew Roberts.

Botswana's new 100-pula note (B127) defective

On 3 September 2009, the Bank of Botswana acknowledged that a small number of the new 100-pula notes (B127a) have been issued with a thin plastic layer over the holographic stripe. The plastic, which should have been removed by the printer during manufacturing, can be peeled off the note, removing part of the word Botswana in the process. The affected banknotes remain legal tender.

Botswana issues new note series

The Bank of Botswana introduced a new family of banknotes on 21 August 2009. The notes officially enter circulation 23 August, though they may not be available to the public until 24 August. The introduction of the new banknotes follows a comprehensive review of the current banknotes in order to bring them in line with current trends. In the development of the new banknotes, the Bank has used the latest technology in banknote design that incorporates the latest security features.

In addition to the current denomination structure comprising P10, P20, P50 and P100, the new P200 banknote was introduced. All of the notes are printed by TDLR and carry the printer's imprint and the date 2009 on the back. The features of the new banknotes are as follows:

P10 Banknote
The P10 banknote retains the green colour, albeit toned down and the rampant zebra watermark. The portrait of former President Mogae is replaced by that of His Excellency President Lt General Seretse Khama Ian Khama. On the reverse side, the picture of the national assembly building is retained.

P20 Banknote
The P20 banknote retains the current red colour, albeit toned down and the rampant zebra watermark. The portrait of the composer of the national anthem, Dr K T Motsete, is retained. Similarly, the picture of the mining installation on the reverse side is retained.

P50 Banknote
The banknote retains the current brown colour and the portrait of Sir Seretse Khama as the founding President. On the reverse side, the Okavango Delta swamps, the man on a boat and the fish eagle are retained. The rampant zebra watermark is also retained.

P100 Banknote
The P100 banknote retains the blue colour, the rampant zebra watermark and the portrait of the three chiefs. On the reverse side, the open pit diamond mine and the lady examining a diamond are retained; some artwork has been introduced for a more modern appearance.

P200 Banknote
The new P200 banknote is purple in colour with the rampant zebra watermark. The portrait in the front of the banknote is an art work of a woman teaching pupils. The concept is intended to underscore the contribution of women in the country’s development through education; it can also be interpreted in other ways, such as the important social role played by mothers in nation building (Go ruta mosadi ke go ruta setshaba). On the reverse side, there is a picture of a herd of zebras at a waterhole.

It is important that members of the public familiarise themselves with the new banknote security features when they (banknotes) are issued. The public is also requested to be vigilant in ensuring that only genuine banknotes are in circulation or in their possession at all times.

The existing banknotes will be withdrawn from circulation when the new banknotes are introduced. The public will be required to exchange what would be the old banknotes for equivalent value of new banknotes at designated places, such as commercial banks, Botswana Savings Bank outlets and Botswana Building Society branches and offices countrywide over a period of three months. After the three months period, what will then be old banknotes will be exchanged for new ones only at the Bank of Botswana banking halls in Gaborone and Francistown, for a period of five years to December 31, 2014. After December 31, 2014, all old banknotes will be demonetised and cease to be legal tender.

Courtesy of Ny Andry Ranaivosolo.

Botswana new date (2008) 20-pula note (B121d) confirmed

Like B121c, but new date (2008) and new printer imprint (DE LA RUE).

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Botswana new date (2007) 10-pula note (B120b) confirmed

Like B120a, but new date (2007). Printer: De La Rue.

Courtesy of Antonio Tangredi.

Botswana new date (2005) 100-pula note (B123b) confirmed

Like B123a, but new date (2005).

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Botswana new 50-pula note (B122) confirmed

50 pula (US$8.45), 2005. Issued mid-March 2006. Like P22 with enhanced security features: additional intaglio printing, silver dual-image hologram alternates between 50 and a kingfisher, 50 and rearing zebra as main watermark and Cornerstone watermarks in each corner, red-to-green StarChrome windowed security thread printed BOB 50. Serial number at right is now vertical. Beige and green on m/c underprint. President Seretse Khama (1921 - 1980) at left, malachite kingfisher at center, arms on right. Man in canoe, fish-eagle, and Okavango Delta on back. Printer: De La Rue (with imprint).
Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.