Gradually, Then Suddenly
ZIM76a*, 2008, 500 Thousand ZWR

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3rd Dollar Banknote ZA Prefix Replacement Note $500,000

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Note Description: 500,000 Dollars RR2 2008 - Plain Paper
Grade: 66 EPQ
Country: Zimbabwe
Note Number: ZIM76a*
- Sign. #8
Certification #: 1607076-060
Owner: Revenant
Set Category: World
Set Name: Gradually, Then Suddenly
Slot Name: ZIM76a*, 2008, 500 Thousand ZWR
Research: See PMG's Census Report for this Note

Owner's Description

The release of this note was announced on 03 Nov 2008.

This ZIM76 is a replacement note or a “star” note as they’re often called because the US Federal Reserve puts a star next to the serial number on replacement notes. With most Zimbabwean 3rd dollars the serial numbers start with “AA.” With the replacement notes the serial number starts with “ZA.”

The Zimbabwe regular banknotes feature an image of the Chiremba balancing rock formation - three balancing rocks that are in Matobo National Park. The image of the stones was chosen as a metaphor for balancing development and environmental protection following the country’s transition from white-ruled Rhodesia to the majority black ruled Zimbabwe. The Matobo Hills are composed entirely of granite and it makes for some unique and interesting formations.

The back side of the Trillions Series banknotes all feature a pair of images that have some kind of national, cultural or economic significance to Zimbabwe. These images are different on each denomination though some of the images seem to have been used more than once on different denominations throughout the series.

The 500,000 dollar banknote features an image of the Zimbabwe Aloe in the Great Zimbabwe ruins and an image of a cattle farm. The Zimbabwe Aloe (aloe excelsa) is usually about 3 meters (10 feet) tall but can reach up to 5-6 meters (up to 20 feet). Many of the plants can be found amongst the Great Zimbabwe ruins but it grows in a relatively small part of Africa, mostly confined to Zimbabwe and the nation of South Africa. The Zimbabwe Aloe image also appears on ZIM69 (100 ZWR), ZIM83 (1 Billion ZWR), and ZIM86 (20 Billion ZWR). The cattle farm image also appears on ZIM70 (500 ZWR), ZIM82 (500 Million ZWR), and ZIM84 (5 Billion ZWR).

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