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|Shillingi ya Kenya (Swahili)|
|Symbol||KSh, /=, /-, K|
|Freq. used||50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 shillings|
|Rarely used||5, 10, 20 shillings|
|Freq. used||1, 5, 10 , 20, 40 shillings|
|Rarely used||50-cents, 2 shillings|
|Central bank||Central Bank of Kenya|
|Source||Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, as of June 2010.|
The exchange rate of the Kenyan shilling slumped dramatically in mid-2011, from about 83 shillings per US dollar to about 100 shillings per US dollar at late 2011 and to 105 shillings in September 2015. The Central Bank of Kenya shifted its target to tighten liquidity, including increasing interest rate and money market operations. But expected inflows due to tea export drove up the exchange rate to about 84 shillings per US dollar on 31 January 2012.
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The Kenyan shilling replaced the East African shilling in 1966 at par.
|10 Kenyan cents.|
|Obverse: Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. The First President of Kenya.||Reverse: Coat of arms of Kenya, year of minting, face value and Harambee.|
|Total 120,700,515 coins minted from 1969 to 1978.|
The first coins were issued in 1966 in denominations of 5, 10, 25 and 50 cents, and 1 and 2 shillings; 25-cent coins were not minted after 1969 (except in the 1973 set); 2-shilling coins were last minted in 1971 (except in the 1973 set). In 1973 and 1985, 5-shillings coins were introduced, followed by 10-shillings in 1994 and 20-shillings in 1998.
Between 1967 and 1978, the portrait of Jomo Kenyatta, the first president of Kenya, originally appeared on the obverse of all of independent Kenya's coins. In 1980, a portrait of Daniel arap Moi replaced Kenyatta until 2005, when the central bank introduced a new coin series that restored the portrait of Kenyatta. The coins are 50 cents and 1 shilling in stainless steel and bi-metallic coins of 5, 10 and 20 shillings.
A bi-metallic 40-shilling coin with the portrait of then-President Mwai Kibaki was issued in 2003 to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of independence (1963–2003). New coins with the image of Kenyatta were issued in 2005. In 2010, Section 231(4) of the 2010 Constitution of Kenya stated "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 not bear the portrait of any individual." New banknotes and coins are scheduled to be released to meet up with this new law.
On 14 September 1966, the Kenyan shilling replaced the East African shilling at par, although the latter was not demonetised until 1969. The Central Bank of Kenya issued notes in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 shillings. All of the notes feature a portrait of Kenya's first prime minister and president, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, on the front and diverse economic activities on the back.
5 shillings notes were replaced by coins in 1985, with the same happening to 10 and 20 shillings in 1994 and 1998. In 1986, 200 shillings notes were introduced, followed by 500 shillings in 1988 and 1000 shillings in 1994.
As with the coins, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta appeared on the banknotes issued until 1978, with Daniel arap Moi's portrait replacing him in 1980. In 2003, after Mwai Kibaki replaced Moi as president, 5, 10, and 20 shilling notes from the 1978 series with Kenyatta's picture that had been in storage were issued, and circulated for a time. A new series of notes was then introduced on which Kenyatta reappeared with denominations of 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 shillings. The issue of 12 December 2003 commemorates the "40 years of Independence 1963–2003". The banknotes are printed in Nairobi by De La Rue.
|Banknotes of the Kenyan shilling (1996 "Arap Moi" issue)|
|20 shillings (Shilingi Ishirini)||President Daniel Toroitich arap Moi; Coat of arms of Kenya||Baton; Moi International sports complex, Nairobi, jogger||Lion's head|
|50 shillings (Shilingi Hamsini)||President Daniel Toroitich arap Moi; Coat of arms of Kenya||Caravan; monument in Mombasa||Lion's head|
|100 shillings (Shilingi Mia Moja)||President Daniel Toroitich arap Moi; Coat of arms of Kenya||Monument to the 25th anniversary of independence, Nairobi||Lion's head|
|200 shillings (Shilingi Mia Mbili)||President Daniel Toroitich arap Moi; Coat of arms of Kenya||Unity monument, Nairobi||Lion's head|
|500 shillings (Shilingi Mia Tano)||President Daniel Toroitich arap Moi; Coat of arms of Kenya||Parliament building, Nairobi||Lion's head|
|1000 shillings (Shilingi Elfu Moja)||President Daniel Toroitich arap Moi; Coat of arms of Kenya||Elephants||Lion's head|
|Banknotes of the Kenyan shilling (2004 "Jomo Kenyatta" issue (current issue))|
|50 shillings (Shilingi Hamsini)||President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta; Coat of arms of Kenya||Caravan; monument in Mombasa||Lion's head and electrotype 50|
|100 shillings (Shilingi Mia Moja)||President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta; Coat of arms of Kenya||Kenyatta statue; tower||Lion's head and electrotype 100|
|200 shillings (Shilingi Mia Mbili)||President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta; Coat of arms of Kenya||Cotton harvest||Lion's head and electrotype 200|
|500 shillings (Shilingi Mia Tano)||President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta; Coat of arms of Kenya||Parliament building, Nairobi||Lion's head and electrotype 500|
|1000 shillings (Shilingi Elfu Moja)||President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta; Coat of arms of Kenya||Elephants||Lion's head and electrotype 1000|
Proposed symbol redesign
In 2013, the Kenyan design agency Ark proposed a new symbol for the currency, which would use the uppercase letter 'K' representing Kenya, combined with two parallel lines to represent the "=" symbol. Arithmetically, the equality sign is a function that shows balanced relationships between items of the same value - a relationship that forms the basis of money as a medium of exchange. This equivalence "certifies" the stability of the Shilling. 
The proposed symbol was shared online and created a lot of interest within the general public and critics alike. It gained quite a lot of positive feedback with the Kenyan public praising the idea of finally having and owning their own signature symbol for the local currency.
Though it has not been recognised widely by the public and put to use.
- "Kenyan Shilling Exchange Rates". Retrieved 2015-07-13.
- The Constitution of Kenya of 2010; Section 231(4) on the Central Bank of Kenya World Intellectual Property Organization (www.wipo.int). Retrieved on 2013-09-27.
- Linzmayer, Owen (2012). "Kenya". The Banknote Book. San Francisco, CA: www.BanknoteNews.com.
- "ARK - Kenya Shilling Symbol in Monocle Magazine". ARK.
- "ARK - Kenya Shilling Symbol". ARK.
- "Africa/Middle East Briefing". Monocle. 15 August 2013.
- "Designing a Kenya Shilling Symbol". WhiteAfrican.
- The banknotes of Kenya (in English) (in German)
East African shilling
Reason: currency independence
Ratio: at par
Note: independent shilling introduced in 1966, but EA shilling not demonetised until 1969
|Currency of Kenya