Gradually, Then Suddenly
ZIM69*, 2007, 100 ZWR

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3rd Dollar Banknote ZA Prefix Replacement Note

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Note Description: 100 Dollars RH3 2007 - Wmk: Zimbabwe Bird
Grade: 67 EPQ
Country: Zimbabwe
Note Number: ZIM69*
- Sign. #8
Certification #: 1625509-039
Owner: Revenant
Set Category: World
Set Name: Gradually, Then Suddenly
Slot Name: ZIM69*, 2007, 100 ZWR
Research: See PMG's Census Report for this Note

Owner's Description

The 100 dollar 3rd dollar note was released on 1 Aug 2008, with the introduction / launch of the 3rd dollar itself and the 2nd redenomination.

This ZIM69 is a replacement note or a “star” note as they’re often called because the US Federal Reserve puts a star next to the serial number on replacement notes. With most Zimbabwean 3rd dollars the serial numbers start with “AA.” With the replacement notes the serial number starts with “ZA.”

I really love the look of this note. I think the colors on it are fantastic and make it one of the prettier notes in the third dollar series. Throughout this 27 note series they got to play with a lot of different color schemes / combinations but in my opinion this is easily one of the best if not the best of the ones I’ve gotten to see face-to-face so far. I love the blues and I think the accent coloring provided by the greens, especially in the lettering for the denomination, makes this note look great.

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 100 dollar banknote shows and image of the Great Zimbabwe ruins and an image of a Zimbabwe Aloe in a valley complex of the Great Zimbabwe ruins. The Zimbabwe Aloe (aloe excelsa) is usually about 3 meters (10 feet) tall but can reach up to 5-6 meters (up to 20 feet). Many of the plants can be found amongst the Great Zimbabwe ruins but it grows in a relatively small part of Africa, mostly confined to Zimbabwe and the nation of South Africa. Depictions of the Great Zimbabwe ruins are seen as far back as the 1st dollar, with ZIM8. However, this appears to be artwork introduced with the 3rd dollar series and it was a heavily used fixture of the series. It appears on ZIM77 (1 Million ZWR), ZIM78 (10 Million ZWR), ZIM79 (50 Million ZWR), ZIM87 (50 Billion ZWR), ZIM86 (20 Billion ZWR) and ZIM88 (10 Trillion ZWR). The Zimbabwe Aloe image also appears on ZIM76 (500 000 ZWR), ZIM83 (1 Billion ZWR) and ZIM86 (20 Billion ZWR). The 100 dollar and 20 Billion dollar banknotes (ZIM69 and 86) use the same images, but the positions of the images are reversed, and the banknotes use different colors.

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