This week we are looking at a note from Kenya. Kenya is a beautiful country in East Africa that borders the Indian Ocean. It is a geographically diverse country with mountains, lakes, valleys and areas in the savannah. Kenya is known for the Big Five, the Great Wildebeest Migration and their many safaris. The Big Five refers to lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and cape buffalo.
Our note this week is Kenya 200 Shillings p49g 2010. This note has English and Kiswahili (also known as Swahili) text. On the front of the note is a lion, an elephant used as a registration device, Kenya’s coat of arms, Mount Kenya, and their first president, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. On the back of the note is a woman and two men picking cotton. The watermark for this note varies.
Jomo Kenyatta was an African politician and anti-colonial activist. Kenyatta helped Kenya as well as some other African countries gain their independence from colonial rule. He was the first prime minister from 1963-1964 and then the first president of independent Kenya from 1964 until his passing in 1978. Under Kenyatta’s presidency, Kenya saw political stability for the most part, and a government with members that were ethnically diverse. However, as Kenya’s economy grew bigger, there became a larger wealth disparity among its citizens. With Kenyatta, his family and associates maintaining most of the wealth.
Kenya’s coat of arms shows two lions which symbolize protection. They are surrounding a traditional East African shield between them and each lion is holding a spear. This is meant to symbolize unity and the protection of freedom. The shield has Kenya’s national colors black, red, white and green. Kenya’s motto which can be seen at the bottom of the coat of arms is harambee which means “pull together” in Swahili.
It’s so interesting to learn about the images used on banknotes, and this note did not disappoint. This delightful brown and green note is our current featured note and is offered at a discounted price for a limited time.
Denomination: 200 Shillings
Pick #: 49g
Banknote Book #: 141g
Depictions: Mzee Jomo Kenyatta; Crest; Farmers picking cotton
Note Size: 5 1/2″ x 3″
Watermark: Head of Lion