Gradually, Then Suddenly
ZIM96, 2009, 50 ZWL

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4th Dollar Banknote AA Prefix

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Set Details

Note Description: 50 Dollars 2009
Grade: 67 EPQ
Country: Zimbabwe
Note Number: ZIM96
- Sign. #8
Certification #: 8067710-053
Owner: Revenant
Set Category: World
Set Name: Gradually, Then Suddenly
Slot Name: ZIM96, 2009, 50 ZWL
Research: See PMG's Census Report for this Note

Owner's Description

While the 4th dollar wasn’t in circulation very long, the release of new 1-dollar through 500-dollar notes so shortly after the release of the same denominations as part of the third dollar series forced the government to once again redesign and change up the layout of the notes so that the new 4th dollars wouldn’t be confused with that all-to-recently-released 3rd dollars. These efforts were somewhat less critical with these 50 dollar notes however since there were no 50 dollar notes released as part of the 3rd dollar series.

The 3rd dollars had used two small, square images to decorate the back of the notes. The 4th dollars returned to having a single large visual, similar to the first dollars. The 4th dollars appear to re-use the same artwork as was used on the first dollars, but with changes made to the coloring used, other design elements of the note, and what denomination the artwork appeared on. As a result of the layout of the designs and the coloration, in some ways the 4th dollar notes look like a cross or a blending between the 1st dollars and the 3rd dollars, with the front of the notes looking very similar to that of the 2nd dollar Agro Check Series (ZIM61-64).

This 50-dollar ZWL ZIM96 note uses the same artwork (of the Hwange Thermal Power Plant) as was used on the 500-dollar ZWD, ZIM10 and ZIM11 notes in 2001. This artwork was also used on the note immediately preceding this one in the 4th dollar series, the 20 ZWL (P-95) note. For more information on the Hwange Thermal Power Plant, see the note description on my ZIM10 note.

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