Gradually, Then Suddenly
ZIM83, 2008, 1 Billion ZWR

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3rd Dollar Banknote AA Prefix $1,000,000,000

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Note Description: 1 Billion Dollars 2008
Grade: 65 EPQ
Country: Zimbabwe
Note Number: ZIM83
- Sign. #8
Certification #: 1539489-045
Owner: Revenant
Set Category: World
Set Name: Gradually, Then Suddenly
Slot Name: ZIM83, 2008, 1 Billion ZWR
Research: See PMG's Census Report for this Note

Owner's Description

Reuters reported the announcement of the $1 Billion, $5 Billion, and $10 Billion dollar banknotes on 19 Dec 2008.

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 1 Billion dollar banknotes features an image of the Zimbabwe Aloe in the Great Zimbabwe ruins and an image of some elephants. 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), ZIM76 (500 000 ZWR), and ZIM86 (20 Billion ZWR). The image of the elephant used here also appears on ZIM66 (5 ZWR), ZIM75 (100 000 ZWR), and ZIM90 (50 Trillion). Elephants appear on the backs of 1st dollar and 2nd dollar issues but this appears to be artwork introduced with the 3rd dollar.

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