KENYA 500 shillings 1988


KENYA, 500 shillings, 1988, Obverse: portrait of President R, Reverse: arms, 10 GREAT AYAYO YEARS…, decagonal, silver, 0.8425 ozT, 10th anniversary of strongman rule, KM24, Proof

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Modern Kenya was born out of a war of liberation in the 1950s referred to by some as the Mau Mau Uprising. The British formally suppressed the rebellion but they saw the writing on the wall and staged a referendum that established the Republic in 1963.

It has been habitual, on the collecting side of numismatics, for “Africa” to exclude the Mediterranean coastal states, which are typically lumped in with the other Arab states in the category “Middle East.” Generally speaking, there was a colonial period and an independent period.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here, generally, the round, flat, shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern,” though, varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies, and then they switched over to “modern coins,” then they went toward paper money, now we’re all going toward digital, a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins, to which the KM numbers refer.