Gradually, Then Suddenly
ZIM90, 2008, 50 Trillion ZWR

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3rd Dollar Banknote AA Prefix $50,000,000,000,000

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Note Description: 50 Trillion Dollars 2008
Grade: 66 EPQ
Country: Zimbabwe
Note Number: ZIM90
- Sign. #8
Certification #: 1537073-006
Owner: Revenant
Set Category: World
Set Name: Gradually, Then Suddenly
Slot Name: ZIM90, 2008, 50 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 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 50 Trillion dollar banknote uses an image of Kariba Dam and an image of an elephant. While Kariba Dam has appeared on Zimbabwean banknotes all the way back to the beginning, with ZIM1, this artwork does not appear to be the same as any of those used in previous series. This artwork seems to have premiered with the Third Dollar series, on ZIM66 (5 ZWR). That issue (ZIM66) uses both the same images as ZIM90, in the same positions, just with different colors applied. This image of the dam also appears on ZIM68 (20,000 ZWR), ZIM85 (10 Billion ZWR). The image of the elephant used here also appears on ZIM66 (5 ZWR), ZIM75 (100 000 ZWR), and ZIM83 (1 Billion ZWR). 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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