President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) Governor Patrick Njoroge launched the new generation Kenyan currency in accordance with the 2010 constitution.
The coins will begin circulation as a legal tender today in accordance with a gazette notice published on Tuesday.
The new coin currencies contains features that are favorable to visually impaired persons and will no longer include Presidents’ portraits.
“I am happy that the public views were considered. I am also informed that the coins contain features for visually impaired persons,” President Uhuru said.
The KSh1 coin will now bear the image of a giraffe, KSh5 coin a rhino, KSh10 coin a lion and the KSh20 coin will now bear an elephant.
“A currency is not just an exchange of value but they present a unique way of history and the celebration of our culture.” he added.
The notes currencies still contain the portrait images of former Presidents Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel Arap Moi.
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