Gradually, Then Suddenly
ZIM7, 1997, 20 ZWD

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Set Details

Note Description: 20 Dollars 1997 - Wmk: Zimbabwe Bird
Grade: 67 EPQ
Country: Zimbabwe
Note Number: ZIM7
- Sign. #3
Certification #: 8071243-081
Owner: Revenant
Set Category: World
Set Name: Gradually, Then Suddenly
Slot Name: ZIM7, 1997, 20 ZWD
Research: See PMG's Census Report for this Note

Owner's Description

This is one of the later notes getting added to the set, so I don’t have a lot to say or add here regarding the history of the country or its economy or the country’s progress on the road to hyperinflation. If you want more information on that, check out the P-5a or P-5b notes, which are also 1997 dated releases and contemporaries of this note. If you want to read up more on the changes in the currency itself and the switch that occurred in the mid-1990s from the 1st dollar 1st series (P-1 to P-4) to the 2nd series (P-5 to P-12), check out the information on P-6 (either of them – CA or CD).

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 of this note features an image of Victoria Falls, but it’s not the same image used on the earlier P-4 notes (the previous $20 notes) and it doesn’t seem to have ever been re-used on the currency in later series as of mid-2020. The P-4 artwork – which was later re-used in the 2nd dollar series – uses a perspective from the ground and also features an elephant. This note uses an aerial view of the falls. The decision to re-use the P-4 artwork in later series may be the reason why this artwork wasn’t re-used.

Victoria Falls is a waterfall in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, Victoria Falls is considered the largest. This is based on its combined width of 1,708 meters (5,604 feet) and height of 108 meters (354 ft), resulting in the world's largest sheet of falling water. Victoria Falls is roughly twice the height of Niagara Falls and well over twice the width of Horseshoe Falls. In height and width Victoria Falls is rivalled only by Argentina’s and Brazil's Iguazu Falls.

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