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 200 Botswana pula note front design features a woman teaching two children; she holds a book with some letters of the alphabet, the national coat of arms and a stylized circle with the illustration of a zebra drinking water. The reverse of the note illustrates three zebras on a riverbank in an African savanna landscape and a stylized circle with the illustration of a zebra drinking water. The lettering on this side of the note is presented in the Hausa language. This note is part of the 2009 – 2014 series, and its color is purple, brown, violet and green on a multicolor underprint.
Text: Bank of Botswana, Minister of Finance, Governor, This note is legal tender for Two Hundred Pula, Pula, Banka Ya Botswana, De la Rue 2014, 200.