Gradually, Then Suddenly
ZIM41, 2006, 50 ZWN

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2nd Dollar Emergency Bearer Check - AB Prefix

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Note Description: 50 Dollars 2006 - Wmk: Zimbabwe Bird
Grade: 67 EPQ
Country: Zimbabwe
Note Number: ZIM41
Signatures/
Vignettes:
- Sign. #8
Certification #: 8047606-059
Owner: Revenant
Set Category: World
Set Name: Gradually, Then Suddenly
Slot Name: ZIM41, 2006, 50 ZWN
Research: See PMG's Census Report for this Note

Owner's Description

I spend a lot of time and words in these sets on talking about the need to consider the set as a whole and think about the story that the set represents and tells. When you think about it in the context of a book, most people – even most book collectors – wouldn’t have much interest in a single leaf from a book, even a famous or valuable book, unless it was something like the Gutenberg Bible. I think the situation is somewhat similar for many of the lower denomination 2nd dollar and 3rd dollar issues. It’s relatively common to see dealers offering the entire 27-note 3rd dollar series, raw, as a set, or the entire 59-note run of the 2nd and 3rd dollars (from P-33 to P-91) as a set. It is seemingly less common to see merchants trying to market individual note from this run. When they are do, it is usually for a small amount or in bulk quantities. I think this fact supports my view of the set and shows that it is one that other collectors tend to share. These notes are a set. They are best appreciated and understood as a set that tells a story. You are either interested in that story and a fan of the series or you are not – in which case you buy the $100 Trillion note and call it a day or do not collect these notes at all.

I love the story though, and so I bought this note and added it to what may be one of the biggest and most complete sets of PMG graded Zimbabwe notes in existence – it’s certainly the biggest and most complete set in the PMG registry as of the time I’m writing this.

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 100 dollar bearer checks (ZIM42) use the image of Victoria Falls. This image appears to be the same artwork that first appeared on the 1st dollar bearer checks series (P-28 through P-32). The image also appears on P-40 (20 ZWN). It looks like the image of Victoria Falls that appears on the 3rd dollar series might be a re-use of a very small segment of this same artwork, but the full image shown on the back of this not does not appear again after this note.

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