How to identify a fake Kenyan Shillings New note With Illustrations 50 100 200 500 and 1000 New Notes

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How to identify a fake Kenyan note (illustrations

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There are fake currency notes worth millions of shillings in circulation in Kenya and it is important to know how to identify them.

– Central Bank of Kenya has issued a list of some features that will assist you determine is a Kenyan banknote is fake or not

A video of fake currency printing machine went viral in May 2019 showing just how it was easy to have the fake notes.




Central Bank of Kenya has since issued some guidelines on how to identify a fake Kenyan note.

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The currency notes have some features that easily help you know if a note is fake or not. The Public features include: watermarks, note size, security thread, serial numbers, and the texture of specific parts of the note.

1. Portrait watermark
How to identify a fake Kenyan note (illustrations)

Below the watermark is the value numeral of the banknote. Both the portrait and value numeral depict some brightness when held up to the light, the bank adds.

2. Serial numbers

The digits on a genuine banknote progressively get larger in adjacent positions. One set of serial numbers appears horizontally, the other vertically. The vertical serial numbers on the left hand side of the banknote glows under UV light, CBK explains.

3. See-through feature
How to identify a fake Kenyan note (illustrations)



The bank also states that each of the banknotes has a see through feature which forms a perfect complete elephant when held up to the light. When looked at from one side, the image does not form any recognizable feature unless when looked at up to the light.

4. Security thread
How to identify a fake Kenyan note (illustrations)

All genuine banknotes have a distinct interwoven thread running vertically down the right hand side of the notes. When held up to the light, the thread appears as a continuous line and it shows a series of text featuring the denomination numeral of the note and the letters CBK.

5. Size

All the denominations have different sizes. The KSh 50 note is the smallest while KSh 1,000 not is the biggest.
How to identify a fake Kenyan note (illustrations)

Former generation of Kenyan banknotes all have the portrait of the First President of Kenya, the Late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. They range in the denominations 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 shillings – CBK.





If you get a KSh 50 note that equals a KSh 500 note in size, know that it is a fake!

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How to identify a fake Kenyan note (illustrations)

The denominations (KSh 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000) progressively increase in sizes.

6. Texture

The “president’s coats” has a rough texture.
How to identify a fake Kenyan note (illustrations)


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