East Africa chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

East Africa cover
The East Africa chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 21-page catalog covers notes issued by the Government of the East Africa Protectorate from 1905 to 1919 and the East African Currency Board from 1920 to 1965. Published 18 July 2014.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Kenya to unveil new notes for issue in February 2015

According to an article on allAfrica dated 19 August 2013, this week the government of Kenya may unveil a new set of Kenya banknotes that will be in circulation by February 2015. Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Kimemia said the new 10-, 20-, 50-, 100-, and 1,000-shilling notes will depict Kenyan tourism, economic engagement, wildlife, history, traditions, and cultures.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

East African Community regional catalog of The Banknote Book is now available

 The Banknote Book East African Community cover

The East African Community regional catalog of The Banknote Book is now available for sale at US$29.99, a 42% discount off the normal cost of puchasing the component chapters separately.

This catalog is also available as a printed paperback book from Lulu.

This 98-page catalog covers every note (924 types and varieties, including 147 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the East African Community of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Rwanda and Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zanzibar. Published 1 February 2013.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Kenya new signature variety 200- and 500-shilling notes dated 01.07.2001 confirmed

200 shillings, 1st JULY 2001. Like CBK B35, but governor's signature is 23.25-mm wide, not 17.25-mm wide.
500 shillings, 1st JULY 2001. Like CBK B36, but governor's signature is 23.25-mm wide, not 17.25-mm wide.

All other denominations dated 1st JULY 2001 have been confirmed with 17.25-mm wide signature.

Likewise, all other denominations bearing the next date, 1st JULY 2002, have been confirmed with 23.25-mm wide signature.

Collectors are encouraged to examine their notes to determine if cross-overs exist for other denominations.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de).

Kenya and De La Rue's currency partnership

AllAfrica has an excellent article dated 13 April 2012 concerning the history of De La Rue's contracts to print banknotes for the Central Bank of Kenya.

Kenya seeks new note designs without portraits

According to an article in The Star dated 8 March 2012 and an article in the Daily Nation dated 7 March 2012, the Central Bank of Kenya “hereby invites individuals, institutions, institutions, organizations and professional bodies to present in writing, proposals on elements/features to be considered for incorporation in the design of the proposed new Kenyan currency banknotes and coins.” Per Article 231(4) of the constitution, the new notes may not bear the portrait of any individual. All notes in Kenya currently feature a portrait of former president Jomo Kenyatta.

The issuance of new notes is at least two years away, and even after their introduction, existing notes will likely circulate in parallel until they wear out. The bank has not ruled out changes to the colors or sizes of the new notes, and has said that “dominant Kenyan physical features, flora and fauna and key economic activities such as agriculture, tourism and manufacturing, are expected to replace these presidential portraits.”

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Kenya chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Kenya

The Kenya chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 15-page catalog covers every note (218 types and varieties, including 31 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Central Bank of Kenya from 1966 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Kenya's constitution requires new notes without names

According to an article in The East African dated 4 April 2011, Kenya's new constitution requires that names of individuals be removed from the front of banknotes and coins. The country's current notes, originally issued in 2004, all feature a named portrait of Kenya's first president, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. This design is owned by De La Rue, which holds the exclusive contract for printing Kenya's banknotes. By changing the design to conform with the constitution, the Central Bank of Kenya would own the copyright on the new notes and could put their printing out to bid by other security printers. However, in a related article dated 4 April 2011, it's reported that DLR is on the verge of signing a new 10-year deal with the Central Bank of Kenya.

East African Community moves to introduce common currency in 2012

An East African Business Week article dated 14 February 2011, contains interesting information on the continuing plans to form an East African Community Monetary Union similar to the European Union, wherein all the partner states will replace their individual currencies—the Burundian franc, Kenyan shilling, Rwandan franc, Tanzanian shilling, and Ugandan shilling—for a single regional currency in 2012.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Kenya new sig/date (16.07.2010) notes confirmed


All six denominations (50 to 1,000 shillings) have been confirmed dated 16th JULY 2010 and bearing new signatures (Njuguna S. Ndung’u and unknown).

Courtesy of Richard Miranda, John B. Silver, Andrew Roberts, and Bill Stubkjaer.

Kenya new date (17.06.2009) shilling notes confirmed



50 shillings (US$0.65), 17th JUNE 2009. Like Pick 41, but new date.


100 shillings (US$1.25), 17th JUNE 2009. Like Pick 42, but new date.


200 shillings (US$2.55), 17th JUNE 2009. Like Pick 43, but new date.


500 shillings (US$6.40), 17th JUNE 2009. Like Pick 44, but new date.


1,000 shillings ($12.80), 17th JUNE 2009. Like Pick 45, but new date.

Courtesy of John Silver.

Kenya banknotes may exclude portraits

According to a Daily Nation article dated 18 November 2009, Kenya’s coins and notes will not bear the portrait of any individual if the proposals in the new draft constitution of Kenya are adopted. The draft proposes "Notes and coins issued by the Central Bank of Kenya may bear images that depict or symbolise Kenya or an aspect of Kenya but may bear the portrait of any individual." This means that former presidents Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel Moi will be the only personalities to have had portraits on Kenya’s currency.

Kenyans have a month to make their contributions on what they think of the proposals before changes are made to the draft constitution. A referendum is scheduled for early March 2010. If the referendum agrees to adopt the constitution, it will see the Central Bank governor hold office for a term of six years instead of the current four years, and will no longer be eligible for re-appointment.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

The Challenge: Identify items on Kenyan notes


Can someone please identify the building on the back of Pick 24? Given the diploma and students in the vignette, it’s almost certainly a university, but which one? Educated guesses are welcome, but I am looking for definitive answers supported by citations if possible.

IDENTIFIED: Sacho High School building.

Kenya issues new date varieties (03.03.2008)









New 50-, 100-, 200-, 500- and 1,000-shilingi notes dated 3rd MARCH 2008 have been confirmed.

On 4 March 2007, Prof. Njuguna S. Ndung’u assumed the role of governor of the Central Bank of Kenya, and it is his signature which appears on these new notes.

Courtesy of John Silver.

Kenya date varieties confirmed / new signatures expected


The Central Bank of Kenya has issued all denominations with dates of 1st APRIL 2006 and bearing the signature of the bank’s former governor, Andrew K. Mullei.

On March 4, 2007, Prof. Njuguna S. Ndung’j assumed the role of governor, so expect new signature varieties to surface as soon as old note stocks are depleted.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Kenya new varieties of 50-shilling note confirmed


The most recent Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, Volume III, 12th edition, lists four dates of Kenya’s 50 shilling-note as Pick 41a. However, significant differences have been discovered in this and other recent denominations from Kenya.

The note dated 2nd February 2004 (above, top) has a windowed security thread that is wider than the one on the note dated 1st April 2003 (above, bottom), and this thread appears further to the right. Furthermore, the 2nd February 2004 note also has the denomination “50” visible in the watermark area under normal reflected light. This electrotype watermark appears on all subsequent date varieties (2nd August 2004, 1st June 2005, and 1st April 2006), all of which have a signature combination that differs from that which appears on the first two date varieties (the Governor is the same; only the Member signatory differs).

It has been reported that all Kenyan notes from 2004 onwards have the denomination as electrotype watermarks. It is also reported that all Kenyan notes from 2005 onwards have watermarks of stripes in all four corners. If confirmed, De La Rue is the likely printer because Cornerstone watermarks are a DLR trademark.

Malawi’s 20- and 200-kwacha notes dated 2004 were given new Pick numbers due to the addition of the denomination to the watermark. If the same standard applies to Kenya, the notes dated 2004 onwards deserve their own Pick numbers, too.

Courtesy of Jose Manuel Peso (IBNS member 8180).