Past coins bore the pictures of Kenya’s three ex-rulers: Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki.
Numerous Kenyans considered this to be an endeavor by their pioneers to advance themselves, and to customize the state.
The new ones have pictures of the nation’s well known natural life, including lions, elephants, giraffes and rhinos.
President Uhuru Kenyatta – the child of Kenya’s first pioneer Jomo Kenyatta – said the new coins were a “major change” and demonstrated “our country has progressed significantly”.
Every one of the three of the occupant’s ancestors had their pictures imprinted on the money amid their standard.
Mr Kibaki, who won decisions in 2002 consummation Mr Moi’s 24-year rule, broke a guarantee not to have his picture imprinted on cash.
Intense public pressure led to a new constitution, adopted in 2010, to entrench democracy and human rights. It states that the currency “shall not bear the portrait of any individual”.
The central bank has fulfilled the requirement in the case of coins, and is likely to do the same when it prints new notes.
The bank said the choice of animals gives “physical expression to a newly reborn and prosperous” Kenya, and shows respect for the environment.