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Did You Know About These Kenya's Special Coins?

After its independence in 1963, Kenya has used several metals such as brass, steel, and nickel to make coin currencies for transactional purposes. The most commonly used metals remain to be copper and silver.

However, the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), under the authority of the Kenyan government, has been minting unique silver and gold coins to honor specific events/landmarks in the country.

Many Kenyans may not be aware about the existence and purpose of these special coins. Some of the most notable of these coins have been highlighted here, including their years of release and their purposes, as presented in the CBK Catalogue.

1. KSh.100, 250 & 500 Gold Coins

These three sets of coins were minted in 1966 to commemorate the 75th birthday of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, the founding father of Kenya.

2. KSh.5 Brass Coins

These coins were minted in 1973 to commemorate 10 years of freedom in Kenya

3. KSh.200 Silver Coins & 3000 Gold Coins

These two sets of coins were minted in 1978 to commemorate the swearing in of President Daniel Toroitich arap Moi as the second President of Kenya.

4. KSh.500 Silver Coins

These coins were minted in 1988 to commemorate 10 years of Nyayo Era or President Daniel Toroitich arap Moi being in power.

5. KSh.1000 Silver Coins

Minted in 1991 to commemorate the Silver Jubilee (25th anniversary) of the Central Bank of Kenya.

6. KSh.1000 Silver Coins & 5000 Gold Coins

These two sets of coins were minted in 2003 to commemorate 40 years of independence in Kenya.

7. KSh.50 Gold Coins

These coins were minted in 2013 to commemorate 50 years of independence in Kenya.

I am pretty sure that you know about one or more of these special coins. Leave your reaction in the comment section below...

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