CBK launches new Kenyan currency

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The new Sh1, Sh5, Sh10 and Sh20 coins. PHOTOS | NMG 

The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) on Friday issued new generation coins in line with 2010 constitutional requirements that banned the use of presidential portraits on Kenyan currency.

President Uhuru Kenyatta officially launched the shilling currency coins in Nairobi.

The new currency coins have symbols and not portraits of persons, as is required by the law, and will be circulating alongside existing ones.

The new coins -- in units of Sh1, Sh5, Sh10 and Sh20 -- contain features that make them accessible to the visually impaired.

The Sh1 coin now bears the image of a giraffe, the Sh5 coin a rhino, the Sh10 coin a lion while the Sh20 coin will now sport an elephant.


Sh1 coins weighs 5.5g and are silver in colour while the Sh5coin weighs 3.75g with a diameter of 19.5mm. The Sh10 coin weighs 5g, is 23mm in diameter with a yellow outer and silver inner.

The new Sh20 coin weighs 9 grammes with a diameter of 26mm - it's silver outside and yellow inside. It's silver on the outer side and yellow inside.