The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) Unveils Kenya New Generation Coins


Kenya New Generation Coins
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The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has unveiled Kenya’s new generation coins that will start circulating this Tuesday/ December

The new currency, which was gazetted on Tuesday, contains features that make it accessible to visually impaired people.

The new generation coins, whose unveiling was presided over by President Uhuru Kenyatta in the capital Nairobi, will be available in denominations of Sh1, Sh5, Sh10, and Sh20.

And unlike the old coins that had portraits of former presidents Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel Arap Moi, the new legal tender features Kenya’s wildlife, as follows:

➧ Sh1: Bears the image of a giraffe
➧ Sh5: Bears the image of a rhino
➧ Sh10: Bears the image of a lion
➧ Sh20: Bears the image of an elephant.

Sh1 coins weigh 5.5g and are silver in color while the Sh5 coin weighs 3.75g with a diameter of 19.5m

The Sh10 coin weighs five grams, is 23mm in diameter with a yellow outer and silver inner.
The new Sh20 coin weighs nine grams with a diameter of 26mm. It is silver on the outer side and yellow inside.

The unveiling of the new currency is in line with provisions of the 2010 Constitution that banned the use of presidential portraits on Kenyan currency.
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