The pula is the official currency of Botswana since 1976 when it replaced the South African rand at par. The name is derived from the word “pula”, which means rain in the Setswana language. The Bank of Botswana introduced the first notes in denominations of 1, 2, 5 and 10 pula, followed by 20 pula in 1978. The 50 pula was introduced in 1990, followed by the 100 pula note in 1993. In 2009, the Central Bank of Botswana introduced a new banknote series adding the 200 pula note.
The 10 Botswana pula note front design features Seretse Khama Ian Khama, a Motswana politician and former military officer who was the fourth President of the Republic of Botswana from 2008 – 2018, the National Coat of Arms, a stylized drawing of the right zebra in the Coat of Arms and the head of a roan antelope. The reverse of the note illustrates the Parliament building in Gaborone (capital city), a stylized drawing of the left zebra in the Coat of Arms and the head of a roan antelope. The lettering on this side of the note is presented in the Hausa language. This note is part of the 2018 series, and its color is green.
Text: Bank of Botswana, Minister of Finance, Governor, This note is legal tender for Ten Pula, Pula, Banka Ya Botswana, De la Rue 2018, 10.