Gradually, Then Suddenly
ZIM34, 2006, 0.05 ZWN

Slot Comment:

2nd Dollar Emergency Bearer Check - AA Prefix $0.05 [Fractional Note]

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Set Details

Note Description: 5 Cents 2006 - Wmk: Zimbabwe Bird
Grade: 67 EPQ
Country: Zimbabwe
Note Number: ZIM34
Signatures/
Vignettes:
- Sign. #8
Certification #: 8046910-081
Owner: Revenant
Set Category: World
Set Name: Gradually, Then Suddenly
Slot Name: ZIM34, 2006, 0.05 ZWN
Research: See PMG's Census Report for this Note

Owner's Description

The 2nd dollar bearer checks are a very major part of the overall Zimbabwe note set. With 28 notes, they’re the single largest set / series in the run of Zimbabwean notes and make up over 25% of the notes from ZIM1 to ZIM98 (ZIM100 if you include the two bond notes from 2016/2017).

This is a bit unfortunate in that these are some of the most plain-looking, least visually striking series in the broader collection of notes (at least in my opinion). This is probably why I’ve been a bit slow to incorporate these notes into my set and still haven’t done so in large numbers so far – the 3rd, 4th, and especially the 1st dollars are a lot more interesting to look at. Nevertheless, they’re a very important part of the story of this set and this currency, and I love that story, so it’s important to have these notes represented.

Since I learned about their existence, I’ve found these four fractional notes (the 1 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, and 50 cent notes) especially interesting and I’ve known from the beginning that I’d want these fully represented in my collection of Zimbabwe notes – even if the full 2nd dollar bearer check series never was.

These fractional notes are rather odd to look at. They’re extremely plain. The notes themselves even acknowledge in a way that they should be coins. That, in any normal time, these denominations would be coin. The reverse of these notes shows a circle with the denomination in the middle - a design feature acknowledging an awkward truth about these notes. Where the balancing rocks are a major design feature on the front of the banknotes, with the checks of this series they appear only as part of the seal of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe.

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