Gradually, Then Suddenly
ZIM82, 2008, 500 Million ZWR

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3rd Dollar Banknote AB Prefix $500,000,000

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Set Details

Note Description: 500 Million Dollars 2008
Grade: 66 EPQ
Country: Zimbabwe
Note Number: ZIM82
- Sign. #8
Certification #: 1539489-025
Owner: Revenant
Set Category: World
Set Name: Gradually, Then Suddenly
Slot Name: ZIM82, 2008, 500 Million ZWR
Research: See PMG's Census Report for this Note

Owner's Description

The release of this banknote was announced on 12 Dec 2008.

This P-82, 500 Million dollar note has a serial number with an “AB” prefix. The best information I’ve been able to find on this so far suggests that serial numbers starting with “AB,” and, where applicable, “AC” and “AD,” refer to notes from later printings of the note / denomination. So, “AA” would be a note from the first printing / issuance of the denomination and “AB” would be a note from the second printing and issuance. That would also explain why earlier notes, which where in use longer, have examples with “AB” prefixes where notes in the Billions (P-83 through P-87) and Trillions (P-88 through P-91) do not appear to.

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 500 Million dollar banknote features an image of a cattle farmer in a barn with some cows and an image of a miner. The cattle farmer image also appears on ZIM70 (500 ZWR), ZIM76 (500,000 ZWR), and ZIM84 (5 Billion ZWR). The miner image also appears on ZIM68 (20 ZWR), ZIM74 (50 000 ZWR) ZIM85 (10 Billion ZWR), ZIM89 (20 Trillion ZWR).

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