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Features of the new generation banknotes

By Standard Reporter | Jun 2nd 2019 | 2 min read
By Standard Reporter | June 2nd 2019
The new generation bank notes [Photos, Courtesy]

The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) on Saturday unveiled new banknotes during the 56th Madaraka Day celebration held in Narok County.

CBK Governor Dr Patrick Njoroge said the new currencies have designs that meets the CBK requirements, serve the public aspirations and capture the spirit of the constitution.

The front of the banknotes bears the image of Kenyatta International Conference Center, one of the most iconic and recognisable landmarks in the country.

The Sh200 notes bear images of social services [Photo, Courtesy]

A dove is also shown to symbolise a peaceful Kenya.

The images on the back of the banknotes symbolise green energy, agriculture, social services, tourism, and governance.

The Sh50 note bears images that symbolise green energy at the back while that one of Sh100 bears agriculture-related images.

The Sh50 note [Image, Courtesy]

The Sh200 notes bear images of social services, the Sh500 tourism images and the highest value Sh1000 note displays governance images.


The designs are also more accessible to visually impaired persons who can easily identify the notes them by running their fingers over them.

The 50 notes have a bar, 100 have two bars, 200 have three bars, 500 have four bars and the 1000 notes have five bars.

The Sh1000 bank note [Image, Courtesy]

When held up to the light, the notes reveal a watermark of a perfect lion’s head, the text CBK and the value of the banknote.

The security thread also appears as a continuous line.

When titled at an angle, the notes reveal a security thread that changes colour from red to green on all the currencies.

The 200, 500 and 1000 banknotes have additional rainbow colours on the thread.

The golden band on the back of the note shows the value.

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