What's on the One Thousand Shilling Note

The one-thousand-shilling note is a homage to Uganda’s archaeological history, featuring the famous Nyero Rock Paintings in the eat of the country. The note also features Lake Victoria, and on the other side, the Ugandan kob. The note itself is brown, a nod to the kob, and the agriculture that is so important to Uganda’s economy.

Nyero Rock Paintings: dating back to 1250AD, the rock paintings consist of six rock shelters featuring large geometric art. On their discovery in 1913, they were thought to be the work of the San Bushmen of southern Africa, but are now believed to be fertility symbols of the Batwa people, the original inhabitants of the area of Kumi district.

Lake Victoria: the second largest freshwater lake in the world, and the largest in Africa, Lake Victoria is also the source of the river Nile. It was named by explorer John Hanning Speke after Britain’s Queen Victoria.

Ugandan kob: the kob is a member of the African antelope family, and the Uganda kob is one of three kob species. They live on open plains, such as Queen Elizabeth National Park, and live in herds. The kob features on Uganda’s coat of arms.

All Ugandan notes feature the following designs:

Outline of Uganda: the country of Uganda features prominently on all notes

Equator: Uganda is one of the 13 countries in the world that is located on the equator. You famously stand either side of the equator at Kayabwe, 75km from Kampala

Headdress: designed to represent the 56 different tribes that make up Uganda