The currency abbreviation or currency symbol for the Kenyan shilling (KES), the currency for Kenya. The Kenyan shilling is made up of 100 cents and is often presented with the symbol (KSh). The Kenyan shilling is the strongest and most stable shilling in east Africa and is often used in unstable regions of Sudan and Somalia instead of local currencies.


The Kenyan shilling was first seen replacing the East African shilling in 1966 in both coin and bill form. Many notes have since been replaced by coins, and larger denominations of bills have been put into circulation. A new set of bills was launched in 2003 to celebrate 40 years of Kenyan independence.

  1. Hard Currency

    A currency, usually from a highly industrialized country, that ...
  2. Currency

    A generally accepted form of money, including coins and paper ...
  3. Money

    An officially-issued legal tender generally consisting of currency ...
  4. Forex - FX

    The market in which currencies are traded. The forex market is ...
  5. Ex Works (EXW)

    An international trade term requiring the seller to make goods ...
  6. Employee Stock Option - ESO

    A stock option granted to specified employees of a company. ESOs ...
Related Articles
  1. Forex Fundamentals

    What Causes A Currency Crisis?

    Find out what can cause a currency to collapse, and what central banks can do to help.
  2. Forex Education

    The Greatest Currency Trades Ever Made

    These speculators took big positions - and scored huge profits - in the currency market.
  3. Forex Education

    The New World Of Emerging Market Currencies

    Take advantage of foreign currency markets without stepping out of your house.
  4. Investing Basics

    Understanding Cash Management

    Cash management is a broad term that applies to the collecting, managing and investing of cash.
  5. Investing Basics

    Explaining the Real Effective Exchange Rate

    The REER is a measure of the weighted average of a country’s currency against an inflation-adjusted and trade-weighted index of other currencies.
  6. Investing

    What a Fed Delay Means for the ECB & BoJ

    The Fed’s continued delay has repercussions for more than just the U.S. economy and markets. The ECB and the BoJ may support the case for stocks in Europe.
  7. Investing

    How Worried Should We Be About China?

    An economic slowdown, a freezing up in trade and plunging markets and currencies are casting a shadow across Asia—and the globe. How worried should we be?
  8. Economics

    Why the Euro Failed to Become the World's Reserve Currency

    Examine the current state of the U.S. dollar as the world's reserve currency; learn the major reasons why the euro has failed to replace it in that capacity.
  9. Investing Basics

    Top Tips for Diversifying with Exotic Currencies

    Is there an opportunity in exotic currencies right now, or are you safer sticking to the major ones?
  10. Forex Education

    The Most Famous Forex Traders Of All Time

    The five most famous forex traders share common virtues such as strong self-confidence.
  1. Who decides when to print money in India?

    The Reserve Bank of India, or RBI, manages currency in India. The bank's additional responsibilities include regulating the ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. How is a block chain network useful for trading goods and assets in virtual currencies?

    Perhaps the most famous quote associated with blockchain technology came from an anonymous virtual currency user, who described ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. What types of companies benefit from reporting results utilizing constant currencies ...

    Any company that does a substantial amount of business in foreign countries, and is therefore subject to foreign currency ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. What are key benefits to a country that has engaged in a policy of currency depreciation?

    In the modern world, most currencies represent fiat money not backed by any commodity or precious metal and whose value is ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. How does a block chain prevent double-spending of Bitcoins?

    Double-spending – the incidence of one individual successfully spending a Bitcoin balance more than once – is a major concern ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. What is the difference between barter and currency systems?

    The primary difference between barter and currency systems is that a currency system uses an agreed-upon form of paper or ... Read Full Answer >>

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Purchasing Power

    The value of a currency expressed in terms of the amount of goods or services that one unit of money can buy. Purchasing ...
  2. Real Estate Investment Trust - REIT

    A REIT is a type of security that invests in real estate through property or mortgages and often trades on major exchanges ...
  3. Section 1231 Property

    A tax term relating to depreciable business property that has been held for over a year. Section 1231 property includes buildings, ...
  4. Term Deposit

    A deposit held at a financial institution that has a fixed term, and guarantees return of principal.
  5. Zero-Sum Game

    A situation in which one person’s gain is equivalent to another’s loss, so that the net change in wealth or benefit is zero. ...
  6. Capitalization Rate

    The rate of return on a real estate investment property based on the income that the property is expected to generate.
Trading Center
You are using adblocking software

Want access to all of Investopedia? Add us to your “whitelist”
so you'll never miss a feature!