Here is the ”who” and ”how” the Kenyan currency is printed according to the CBK

The Central Bank of Kenya has mandated only one company, De La Rue, to print genuine money in Kenya.

De La Rue designs, integrate, manufacture and deliver banknotes, banknote paper, polymer, and security features to their customers around the world to ensure their currency is secured against the threat of counterfeit and fraud.

inspect relapse records GIF by Red Fang

The company has a special machine, which are certified. 

These machines print only notes and coins in such a way that no one can replicate a genuine note.

Once the company gets an order for printing notes, they start working based on the number requested.

The process takes months because of the many processes the printing of notes requires.

cash burn GIF by nog

The company has no freedom of printing more than the specified notes. Normally; Central Bank identifies the number of notes to be printed. 

Then they generate unique serial numbers. The serial numbers are then forwarded to De La Rue.

Why De La Rue is the only company allowed to print genuine notes

1. They print more banknotes than any other commercial printer in the world.

2. They have a world-leading design team who have won 14 design awards since 2007.

3. They develop customer-focused innovations, launching 8 new security features in the last 5 years.

4. They support customers with consultancy including DLR Analytics, public education, circulation trials, banknote training, banknote policy, and counterfeit analysis.

5. They are recognised as the Global experts in counterfeit detection and play a key role in training the industry through their acclaimed Advanced Banknote Manager Course

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *