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20 Shillings 1968, Kenya

in Krause book Number: 3с
Years of issue: 01.07.1968
Edition: 8 308 068
Signatures: Governor: Duncan Nderitu Ndegwa, Member: Julius Kanuki Gecau
Serie: 1966 Issue
Specimen of: 01.07.1966
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 152 х 89
Printer: Bradbury, Wilkinson & Company Limited, New Malden

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20 Shillings 1968




Head of lion.


20 Shillings 1968

Jomo Kenyatta Jomo Kenyatta Jomo KenyattaJomo Kenyatta (20 October 1891 - 22 August 1978) was the leader of Kenya from independence in 1963 to his death in 1978, serving first as Prime Minister (1963-1964) and then as President (1964-1978). He is considered the founding father of the Kenyan nation.

He was a well educated intellectual who authored several books, and is remembered as a Pan-Africanist. He is also the father of Kenya's fourth and current President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Numerous institutions and locations are named after Kenyatta, including Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi's main street and main streets in many Kenyan cities and towns, numerous schools, two universities (Kenyatta University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology), the country's main referral hospital, markets and housing estates. A statue in Nairobi's center and monuments all over Kenya stand in his honour. Kenya observed a public holiday every 20 October in his honour until the 2010 constitution abolished Kenyatta Day and replaced it with Mashujaa (Heroes') day.

In the center is a white rooster from the emblem of Kenya. White rooster with an ax, according to local customs, represents a new and prosperous life.

Denominations in numerals are in all corners. In words centered.


20 Shillings 1968


Sisal plantation on foreground. Lower, on left side is a woman, who carries sisal on her shoulder. On right side is the train, loaded with sisal.

On background is Mount Kenya. It is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro. The highest peaks of the mountain are Batian (5,199 meters (17,057 ft.)), Nelion (5,188 meters (17,021 ft.)) and Point Lenana (4,985 meters (16,355 ft.)). Mount Kenya is located in central Kenya, just south of the equator, around 150 kilometers (93 mi.) north-northeast of the capital Nairobi. Mount Kenya is the source of the name of the Republic of Kenya.

Sisal, with the botanical name Agave sisalana, is a species of Agave native to southern Mexico but widely cultivated and naturalized in many other countries. It yields a stiff fibre used in making various products. The term sisal may refer either to the plant's common name or the fibre, depending on the context. It is sometimes incorrectly referred to as "sisal hemp", because for centuries hemp was a major source for fibre, and others were named after it.

The sisal fibre is traditionally used for rope and twine, and has many other uses, including: paper, cloth, wall coverings, carpets, and dartboards.

Denominations in numerals are in all corners. In words centered, on top.


Denomination in words (centered) is written in two languages: Arabic and English.

In old German photo album, released in 1939, by the German journalist Ilse Steinhoff, I found a number of photographs relating to the assembly of sisal in East Africa (later Kenya). Photos are taken in 1938.

Richard HindorfHarvest of sisalChopped sisalsisal on the field train

machine KoronnaDrying sisaldrying sisaldrying sisal