Gradually, Then Suddenly
ZIM89, 2008, 20 Trillion ZWR

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3rd Dollar Banknote AA Prefix $20,000,000,000,000

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Note Description: 20 Trillion Dollars 2008
Grade: 68 EPQ
Country: Zimbabwe
Note Number: ZIM89
- Sign. #8
Certification #: 8072831-027
Owner: Revenant
Set Category: World
Set Name: Gradually, Then Suddenly
Slot Name: ZIM89, 2008, 20 Trillion ZWR
Research: See PMG's Census Report for this Note

Owner's Description

A report by the BBC dates the announcement of this note to the 16th of January 2009. That’s just 6 days after a news story ran with CNN, reporting the announcement of the $20 Billion and $50 Billion notes.

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 really 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 20 Trillion Note uses an image of a miner and an Image of grain silos. The miner image also appears on ZIM68 (20 ZWR), ZIM74 (50 000 ZWR) ZIM82 (500 Million ZWR), ZIM85 (10 Billion ZWR). The image of the grain silos also appears on ZIM80 (100 Million ZWR), and ZIM67 (10 ZWR). While the amount of arable land in Zimbabwe is relatively small, the nation was a great agricultural producer and Zimbabwe’s agricultural industry was very well performing until 2001, when land re-distribution policies instituted by the government caused massive upheaval. As of 2015, agriculture is about 18% of Zimbabwe’s GDP.

This note was given to me by my wife for my birthday in October 2020. It replaced an old 65 EPQ note that had been one of the earlier notes added to the set some 4 years prior and it was actually the 2nd time my wife bought a 20 Trillion note for me. The first time was for our 3rd anniversary when she bought an ungraded P-89, having confused it with the 20 BILLION, P-86 note I had on my wish list.

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