When it comes to money and how it looks we have come a long way.
Our cash was printed according to the person who was in charge of us during that time. This means that when we had been colonized by the British our cash notes had Queen Elizabeth on it etc. See how Kenyan money used to look like back in the day.
1. The Maria Theresa Thaler
It was named after Empress Maria Theresa who ruled the Austrian empire from 1740 to 1780. The coin was quite popular by the 19th century especially because of the slave trade but was never really able to penetrate into the interior
2. The Indian Rupee
This was used when the railways was being built in in 1896, the Indian rupee was used as legal tender to pay railway workers. Indian workers were paid 20 rupees a month while Kenyan workers were paid 10 rupees a month with rations of flour, rice, a little meat and some oil.
3. A 1917 one Indian Rupee Note
This was when it was Indian everything because of the railway.
4. East African Rupee
The rupee was replaced by the East African rupee and the government issued bank notes in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 40, 100 and 500 rupees .While coins were minted in denominations of 25, 50 and 1 cents.
5. A 1943 one East African Shilling Bank Note
It was introduced on January 1, 1922 in all the three East African countries. By June 1923, the E.A. shilling was established as the official currency in Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika
6. 1958 5 & 20 shillings Banknotes bearing the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II
It was used for more than 4 decades and was dropped when Kenya got its independence.
7. Lake Victoria Money
When Kenya gained independence in 1964 currencies such as Lake Victoria Money were introduced. The notes had the Lake Victoria picture on it and had numbers written in both English and Arabic.
8. The Kenyan Shilling
The first Kenyan coinage issued in 1966 by the CBK was in denominations of 5, 10, 25 & 50 cents, and 1 & 2 shillings.
9. 5 and 100 Kenya Shillings notes printed in 1966
After Jomo Kenyatta became the head of state.
10. At some point all notes had Jomo Kenyatta on them.
11. From 1980-2005 it was replaced by the portrait of second president, Daniel arap Moi.
12. Then Kenyatta reappeared from 2005 with denominations of 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 shillings.