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In 1966 the East African shilling was replaced by the Kenyan shilling at par with one Kenyan shilling being equal to 100 cents. Kenyan coins produced between 1967 and 1978 had Jomo Kenyatta the first Kenyan president on one side.
In 1978 Daniel Arap Moi became the second president of Kenya and Kenyatta’s portrait was changed to that of Arap Moi during the years 1980 until 2005. After which the central bank began to produce coins with Kenyattas portrait once more. In 2002 Mwai Kibaki became president and in 2003 coins were introduced in Kenya with his portrait this was done to commemorate Kenya’s fortieth anniversary of independence.
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The Kenyan shilling is a unique currency. Until 2005 the design of Kenyan coins and banknotes were determined by the current leader and as power moved from one person to the next so the portrait changed on this currency. From 1967 until 2005 the central bank issued portrait coins of the current president each time a new person came into power.
The Kenyan Shilling is the official currency of Kenya. The ISO 4217 currency code for the Kenyan Shilling is KES.