Tanzania 500 Shilingi Banknote – Face and Back
A Bountiful Harvest of Coffee is celebrated artistically on our banknote. On the left is a broad view of a well-organized farm. On the right is detail of the coffee plant and fruit. At center is a large coffee plant and at left the coffee fruit is being separated.
The zebra and giraffe adorn our banknote, and, at center is the coat of arms of Tanzania.
The central shield bears four images from top to bottom: the enflamed torch, the flag of Tanzania, a crossed axe and hoe, a spear over a pattern of waves.
The shield rests upon the image of Mount Kilimanjaro.
The shield is surrounded on the left and right with the tusks of the elephant.
The shield is upheld by a man standing upon a plant of cloves, and a woman standing upon a plant of cotton.
Beneath them is the unfurled banner with the motto of the nation, Freedom and Unity in Swahili.
The giraffe looks out at us from our banknote of Tanzania. We cannot see the totality of our graceful creature, but if we were to zoom out, we would find that we would have to zoom out more than for perhaps any other land-based living mammal. Our giraffe is, likely, a Masai giraffe, the largest subspecies of the entire giraffe family, residing in southern Kenya and, our, Tanzania. The Masai giraffe is also known as the Kilimanjaro giraffe. As Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa, so the Masai giraffe is the tallest mammal on the earth. Our giraffe can be 19 feet tall, and, with its 6 foot long legs, can run at about 35 miles per hour..
The coat patterns vary among the various giraffe subspecies, the masai giraffe’s spots being somewhat more jagged than jagged. It is believed that no two individual’s spot patterns are identical and thus individuals may be identified.
The Masai giraffe is generally found in Tanzania and Kenya and Somalia and Ethiopia.