This morning at the Central Bank of Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta launched a new generation of coins in Kenya.
KES 1 coin = Bears the image of a Giraffe
KES 5 coin = Bears the image of a Rhino
KES 10 coin = Bears the image of a Lion
KES 20 coin = Bears the image of an Elephant. ~ @CBKKenya pic.twitter.com/NdRHxQaLF1
— Robin Njogu (@robinnjogu) December 11, 2018
This follows the 2010 constitution which barred the image of any person, (Notes and coins issued by the Central Bank of Kenya may bear images that depict or symbolise Kenya or an aspect of Kenya but shall not bear the portrait of any individual) appearing on Kenya’s currency, a practice that has happened since independence, primarily with images of the first and second presidents’, Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel arap Moi.
— Central Bank of Kenya (@CBKKenya) December 11, 2018
The main theme of the coins, which the President said is “Kenya reborn and prosperity” follows the conclusion in October, of a series of long-running cases that had held up the procurement and printing of new currency by De La Rue. The President said that the new currency has features that make them accessible to visually impaired people.