Gradually, Then Suddenly
ZIM67, 2007, 10 ZWR

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Set Details

Note Description: 10 Dollars 2007 - Wmk: Zimbabwe Bird & 10
Grade: 69 EPQ
Country: Zimbabwe
Note Number: ZIM67
- Sign. #8
Certification #: 8046904-029
Owner: Revenant
Set Category: World
Set Name: Gradually, Then Suddenly
Slot Name: ZIM67, 2007, 10 ZWR
Research: See PMG's Census Report for this Note

Owner's Description

This note is currently unique in my collection in that it carries a grade of 69 EPQ. I have a few others that are 68 EPQs but no other 69 EPQs. Notes with grades that high tend to have very high prices attached to them but I was fortunate enough to get this one from a reputable dealer that was still willing to part with it for a price that wasn’t in the hundreds or thousands of dollars – I suspect this is because 1) they had 6 of these in this grade and didn’t want them on inventory until doomsday and 2) this is middle-of-the-series note in relatively low demand. Most people want the ZIM91 (100 Trillion), a few of those collect the full, 4-note, trillions series. Some want the ZIM65 (1 dollar) to go with the 100 trillion note. Relatively few want the full, 27-note, 3rd dollar series and only some of those want to collect the series as a graded set. That makes the market for these thin. Only 27 of these notes have been graded by PMG as of the time I’m writing this (May 2019) and a staggering 17 of the them – more than half the PMG graded population – are graded 69 EPQ. Somewhere along the way, someone struck gold with a pristine pack of these ZIM67 notes. Good for them. I’m glad they saw what they had and sent them in for grading. Otherwise, I don’t think I ever would have gotten this on sale for $24.

This is one of my favorite notes of the series because I love the colors. I think I still like the 100 dollar note (ZIM69) more, but I definitely love the greens of this note. I think I might rank this one #3, a close contender behind ZIM69 and ZIM70 (500 dollars). The 1000 dollar note (ZIM71) would be a strong contender in that mix too though. All of these notes, of course, are in the initial group of 2007 dated notes that were released on Aug 1, 2008. The notes from ZIM72 through ZIM73 generally don’t pop as well as these earlier notes in the series. I guess they used up all the prettiest color schemes with the initial batch of designs / denominations. But then, I’m sure there are those that would disagree with me.

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 back of this 10 dollar note has an image of a tractor in a field and an image of some grain silos. The image of the tractor also appears on ZIM74 (50,000 ZWR), and ZIM84 (5 Billion ZWR). The grain silos image also appears on ZIM80 (100 Million ZWR) and ZIM89 (20 Trillion ZWR).

This is one of three new notes I got from my wife for this set (Zimbabwe collection overall, not just 3rd dollars) for Father’s day in 2019.

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