Gradually, Then Suddenly
ZIM37, 2006, 1 ZWN

Slot Comment:

2nd Dollar Emergency Bearer Check - AA Prefix

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Set Details

Note Description: 1 Dollar 2006 - Wmk: Zimbabwe Bird
Grade: 66 EPQ
Country: Zimbabwe
Note Number: ZIM37
- Sign. #8
Certification #: 8046919-051
Owner: Revenant
Set Category: World
Set Name: Gradually, Then Suddenly
Slot Name: ZIM37, 2006, 1 ZWN
Research: See PMG's Census Report for this Note

Owner's Description

Something you'll notice as you look at these notes is that a remarkable sameness settles over the entire series. With the first dollars each note tends to have a very different look and feel to it. The emergency check issues of the 1st and 2nd dollars and notes in the 3rd and 4th dollar series, as far as the major design elements go, look the same and just have different numbers. The colors tend to change with each denomination, which makes it easier to tell them apart when dealing with large numbers of bills as the people of Zimbabwe were often forced to do. This is very true of both the 2nd dollar bearer checks series and the 3rd dollar banknotes. With the 2nd dollar bearer checks and 3rd dollar notes they usually changed the image(s) on the back with each new denomination but they frequently reused images / artwork, both from prior series of notes (especially the 1st dollars’ artwork getting reused with the 2nd dollars) and from prior issues within the same series. With the 2nd dollar agrochecks they pretty much just changed the denomination / numbers and the color and didn’t even bother to change the design on the back with each note.

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.

On the back, the bearer checks of this series feature different designs, emphasizing things of national or cultural significance, much like the first dollar banknotes that came before them. In that regard, these bearer checks are a bit of a cross between the bearer checks and the banknotes of the first dollars in terms of design.

These 1 dollar bearer checks (ZIM37) use the image of a few people working in a rural setting that premiered originally on the 5 dollar (ZIM2) notes in the early 1980s. However, where that note is predominantly green, this one is almost all blue. This image also appears on ZIM39 (10 ZWN), ZIM53 (1 Million ZWN), and ZIM58 (100 Million ZWN). This image reappears in the 4th dollar series on the 1 dollar notes (ZIM92).

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