This is how you can identify fake currency in Kenya

This is how you can identify fake currency in Kenya

By Davis Muli

This is how you can identify fake currency in Kenya

Lately, Kenyans have been hit hard by news of huge amount of fake local and international currency circulating all over in the country. This has created a need for netizens to be more vigilant in outing fake notes. However, majority might not know how to spot a fake note when they see one.

It is important to note that The Central Bank of Kenya is the only authorized issuer of new currencies and its bad news for anyone who finds themselves unwittingly holding a counterfeit note because they are totally worthless as there is no way of getting it replaced with a genuine one.

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Here is a summary on Five Key Security features to help you distinguish between genuine and fake notes.

  1. The security thread

All Kenya shillings notes have woven thread that appears metallic or silvery on the right-hand side. In 1000- and 500-shillings notes, the thread appears thicker while in 200, 100 and 50 shillings note it appears thinner. A note without this thread is probably fake.

  1. See through feature

Each genuine bank note has a see-through feature when held against the light. The see-through feature forms a complete head of a lion if exposed to the light. When you look at the feature from one side the image will not form any recognizable feature. Therefore, you have to use the light to observe the head of a lion.

  1. Pay attention to detail

Note the writing on the bills. The words Banki Kuu ya Kenya should appear at the top right front side of the note, with Central Bank of Kenya appearing beneath it. The coat of arms with the two lions holding spears and a shield should be beneath that. Also check for the amount in words and the signatures of the CBK governor and member.

  1. Texture

Keep in mind that genuine currency is not made of paper but a fine linen, a type of cloth. Bank notes should feel different from paper.

  1. Serial Numbers

The serial numbers of a genuine note are asymmetrically arranged and has progressively larger digits in adjacent positions. Genuine currency has two sets of serial numbers. One appears horizontally while the other one appears vertically. The vertically arranged serial numbers on the left hand side of the note glow when held against UV Light.

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