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Tanzanian shilling
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The shilingi (Swahili; English: shilling; sign: TSh; code: TZS) is the currency of Tanzania. It is subdivided into 100 senti (cents in English). The Tanzanian shilling replaced the East African shilling on 14 June 1966 at par.[1]
Tanzanian shilling
Shilingi ya Tanzania  (Swahili)
1000 shillingsThe Bank of Tanzania headquarters in Dar es Salaam
ISO 4217
CodeTZS
Denominations
Subunit
 1/100senti
SymbolTSh
Banknotes1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000 shilingi
Coins50, 100, 200, 500 shilingi
Demographics
User(s)
 Tanzania
Issuance
Central bankBank of Tanzania
 WebsiteBank of Tanzania website
Valuation
Inflation5.6%
 SourceThe World Factbook, 2015 est.
"Shilingi" redirects here. For the currency of Kenya whose Swahili name is "shilingi", see Kenyan shilling.
For earlier currencies used in Tanzania, see East African florin, East African rupee, East African shilling, Zanzibari rupee, Zanzibari ryal and German East African rupie.
Symbol
Main article: Solidus (symbol)
Amount in the Tanzanian shilingi is written in the form of x/y, where x is the amount above 1 shiling, while y is the amount in senti. An equals sign or hyphen represents zero amount. For example, 50 senti is written as "=/50" or "-/50", while 100 shilingi is written as "100/=" or "100/-". In common, daily use, the symbol TSh is used.
This pattern echos the notation in Britain before decimalisation, when amounts were written in some combination of pounds (£), shillings (s), and pence (d, for denarius). In that notation, amounts under a pound were notated only in shillings and pence: sixpence was written "-/6" or "-/6d", 2 shillings as "2/-" or "2s/-", 2 shillings and 6 pence as "2/6" or "2/6d", and so forth.
Coins
A 200 tz shillings front.
In 1966, coins were introduced in denominations of 5, 20 and 50 senti and 1 shilingi, with the 5 senti struck in bronze, the 20 senti in nickel-brass (copper-nickel-zinc) and the 50 senti and 1 shillingi in cupro-nickel. Cupro-nickel 5 shilingi coins were introduced in 1972, followed by scalloped, nickel-brass 10 senti in 1977. This First Series coins set, in circulation from 1966 up to 1984, was designed by Christopher Ironside OBE.[2]
In 1987, nickel-plated steel replaced cupro-nickel in the 50 senti and 1 shilingi, and cupro-nickel 5 and 10 shilingi coins were introduced, with the 5 shilingi decagonal in shape. In 1990, nickel-clad-steel 5, 10 and 20 shilingi were introduced, followed by brass-plated steel coins for 100 shilingi in 1993, 50 shilingi in 1996 and copper-nickel-zinc 200 shilingi in 1998.
Coins currently in circulation are the 50, 100, 200, and 500 shilingi. The 500 shilingi coin was issued on 8 September 2014.[3]
Tanzanian shilling coins
ImageValueCompositionDiameterWeightThicknessEdgeIssued
5 sentibronze23.24 mm (dodecagonal)4.0 g1.33 mmSmooth1966-1984
10 sentinickel-brass25 mm (scalloped)5.03 g1.49 mmSmooth1977-1984
20 sentinickel-brass24 mm5 gSmooth1966-1984
50 senticopper-nickel21 mm4 g1.6 mmReeded1966-1984
50 sentinickel-plated steel21 mm4 g1.8 mmReeded1988-1990
1 shilingicopper-nickel27.7 mm8 g1.62 mmReeded1966-1984
1 shilinginickel-plated steel23.5 mm6.5 gReeded1987-1992
5 shilingicopper-nickel31.5 mm (decagonal)13.8 g2.2 mmSegmented; five smooth and reeded parts1972-1980
5 shilingicopper-nickel27.5 mm (decagonal)8.3 g2 mmSegmented; five smooth and reeded parts1987-1989
5 shilinginickel-plated steel27.5 mm (decagonal)8.52 g2 mmReeded1990-1993
10 shilingicopper-nickel29 mm9.7 g2 mmReeded1987-1989

10 shilinginickel-plated steel29 mm10 g2.25 mmReeded1990-1993
20 shilinginickel-plated steel32 mm (heptagonal)13 g2 mmSmooth1990-1992

50 shilingibrass-plated steel22 mm (heptagonal)7.91 g2.9 mmSmooth1996

100 shilingibrass-plated steel24.5 mm9 g2.7 mmReeded1993

200 shilingicopper-nickel-zinc26.8 mm8 g2 mmSegmented; five smooth and reeded parts1998

500 shilinginickel-plated steel27.5 mm9.5 g2.4 mmReeded2014
Banknotes
On 14 June 1966, the Benki Kuu Ya Tanzania (Bank of Tanzania) introduced notes for 5, 10, 20 and 100 shillingi (also denominated in shillings on the first series of notes). The 5 shillingi note was replaced by a coin in 1972. 50 shillingi notes were introduced in 1985, followed by 200 shilingi in 1986, 500 shillingi in 1989 and 1000 shillingi in 1990. The 10, 20, 50 and 100 shillingi notes were replaced by coins in 1987, 1990, 1996 and 1994, respectively. 5000 and 10,000 shillingi notes were introduced in 1995, followed by 2000 shilingi in 2003. A new series of notes came out in 2011. These new notes include many security features that prevent counterfeiting.[4][5]
Banknotes in circulation today are 500, 1000, 2000, 5000 and 10,000 shilingi.
Older Series
ImageValueDimensionsMain ColourDescriptionDate of issue
ObverseReverseObverseReverseWatermark
10/- (Ten Shillings)-GreenJulius NyerereArusha Declaration MonumentGiraffe-
20/- (Twenty Shillings)-Blue-violetJulius NyerereGeneral Tyre East Africa Plant
100/- (One Hundred Shillings)-RedJulius NyerereMaasai
1997 Series[6]
ImageValueDimensionsMain ColorDescriptionDate of issueWatermark
ObverseReverse
[2]500/- (Shilingi Mia Tano)138 x 69 mmGreenTanzanian coat of arms; Giraffe; ZebraClove harvest; Uhuru Torch1997Giraffe
[3]1000/- (Shillingi Elfu Moja)142 x 71 mmRedTanzanian coat of arms; Giraffe; African ElephantKiwira coal mine; Door of People's Bank of Zanzibar
[4]1000/- (Shilingi Elfu Moja)142 x 71 mmRedTanzanian coat of arms; Julius Nyerere; African ElephantKiwira coal mine; Door of People's Bank of Zanzibar2000/-
[5]5000/- (Shillingi Elfu Tano)145 x 73 mmPurpleTanzanian coat of arms; Giraffe; RhinoGiraffes; Mt Kilimanjaro1997
[6]10,000/- (Shilingi Elfu Kumi)149 x 75 mmIndigoTanzanian coat of arms; Giraffe; LionBank of Tanzania; "House of Wonder" (Zanzibar)
These images are to scale at 0.7 pixel per millimetre. For table standards, see the banknote specification table.
2003 Series [7]
ImageValueDimensionsMain ColourDescriptionDate of issue
ObverseReverseObverseReverseWatermark
500/- (Shilingi Mia Tano)130 × 63 mmGreenAfrican BuffaloNkrumah Hall, University of Dar es SalaamGiraffe2003
1000/- (Shilingi Elfu Moja)135 × 66 mmBlueJulius NyerereStatehouse, Dar es Salaam
2000/- (Shillingi Elfu Mbili)140 × 69 mmOrange-brownLion, Mount KilimanjaroOld Fort, Stone Town, Zanzibar
5000/- (Shillingi Elfu Tano)145 × 72 mmPurpleBlack RhinocerosGeita gold Mine and House of Wonders Zanzibar
10,000/- (Shillingi Elfu Kumi)150 × 75 mmRedElephantBank of Tanzania headquarters in Dar es Salaam
These images are to scale at 0.7 pixel per millimetre. For table standards, see the banknote specification table.
Currently in Circulation
2011 Series[7]
ImageValuesDimensionsMain ColorDescriptionDate of issueDate of first issueWatermark
ObverseReverseObverseReverse
500/- (Shilingi Mia Tano)120 x 60 mmGreenTanzanian coat of arms; Sheikh Abeid Amani KarumeUniversity of Dar es Salaam central hall building; graduating students wearing caps and gowns; Aesculap's rod20111 January 2010Julius Kambarage Nyerere with electrotype 500
1000/- (Shillingi Elfu Moja)125 x 65 mmBlueTanzanian coat of arms; President Julius Kambarage Nyerere; Bismarck Rock in Mwanza HarborCoffee plant; State House (Ikulu) building with flag in Dar es SalaamJulius Kambarage Nyerere with electrotype 1000
2000/- (Shilingi Elfu Mbili)130 x 66 mmOrangeTanzanian coat of arms; LionPalm trees; old Omani Arab Fort (Ngome Kongwe) in Zanzibar’s Stone Town; carved blockJulius Kambarage Nyerere with electrotype 2000
5000/- (Shillingi Elfu Tano)135 x 67 mmPurpleTanzanian coat of arms; plant; black rhinocerosCyanid Leaching plant of the gold mines of GeitaJulius Kambarage Nyerere with electrotype 5000
10,000/- (Shilingi Elfu Kumi)140 x 68 mmRedTanzanian coat of arms; ElephantFlowers; Bank of Tanzania headquarters building in Dar es SalaamJulius Kambarage Nyerere with electrotype 10000
These images are to scale at 0.7 pixel per millimetre. For table standards, see the banknote specification table.
Current TZS exchange rates
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See also
References
Notes
  1. ^ Linzmayer, Owen (2012). "Tanzania". The Banknote Book. San Francisco, CA: www.BanknoteNews.com.
  2. ^ "Bank of Tanzania: Banking Operations - Currency Museum: Coins". bot-tz.org. Retrieved 2015-09-03.
  3. ^ "Image: IMG-20140907-WA0006.jpg, (960 × 1280 px)". bot.go.tz. Retrieved 2015-09-03.
  4. ^ Tanzania new note family confirmed BanknoteNews.com. Retrieved 2011-10-22.
  5. ^ [1] The Citizen. Retrieved 2011-10-22.
  6. ^ "Bank of Tanzania Historical Notes". bot. Bank of Tanzania. Retrieved 2015-07-05.
  7. ^ "Tanzania new note family confirmed | Africa | Banknote News". banknotenews.com. Retrieved 2015-09-03.
Sources
External links
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Preceded by:
East African shilling
Reason: currency independence
Ratio: at par
Note: independent shilling introduced in 1966, but EA shilling not demonetized until 1969
Currency of Tanzania
1966 –
Succeeded by:
Current
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