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 50 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 and a stylized circle with the illustration inside of the swamps of the Okavango Delta, with a man in a mokoro (small boat). The reverse of the note illustrates the Okavango Delta swamps (UNESCO World Heritage), a man on a mokoro (small boat) sailing through the swamps, an African fish eagle in flight, a stylized circle with the principal illustration theme of this side of the note inside (the swamps of the Okavango Delta, with a man in a mokoro). 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 brown and tan on a multicolor underprint.
Text: Bank of Botswana, Minister of Finance, Governor, This note is legal tender for Fifty Pula, Pula, Banka Ya Botswana, De la Rue 2014, 50.