The Central Bank launched the new Kenyan currency bank notes on Madaraka Day. The new notes are characteristically smaller and are very different from the notes Kenyans have gotten used to.
So many are asking an important question? How can one protect themselves from fraud and being given a fake note? Below is a list of things you should know about the new notes that will ake you more discerning;
Characteristics of the new notes are;
1. When u run your fingers over the genuine note, you should and can feel the word Kenya and the value of the currency.
2. When you run your fingers again along the edge over the genuine note, you should feel the number of bars in tandem with the value of the currency as follows;
-KES 50- 1 bar
-KES100- 2 bars
-KES 200- 3 bars
-KES 500- 4 bars
-KES 1000- 5 bars
3. When you hold your genuine note to the light and from both sides, you should see the watermarks of a perfect lion’s head, a text that is written ‘CBK’ and the value of the banknote.
4. The security thread of a genuine banknote appears as a continuous line.
5. If u tilt your banknote at an angle, the security thread changes from Red to Green.
6. For KES 200, 500, 1000 there is an additional rainbow color.