Gradually, Then Suddenly
ZIM51, 2006, 500 Thousand ZWN

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2nd Dollar Emergency Bearer Check - AG Prefix $500,000

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Note Description: 500,000 Dollars 2007 - Wmk: Zimbabwe Bird
Grade: 66 EPQ
Country: Zimbabwe
Note Number: ZIM51
- Sign. #8
Certification #: 8046939-017
Owner: Revenant
Set Category: World
Set Name: Gradually, Then Suddenly
Slot Name: ZIM51, 2006, 500 Thousand ZWN
Research: See PMG's Census Report for this Note

Owner's Description

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.

The back of this note features an image of a group of elephants. This artwork first appeared on P-12 (1,000 ZWD) with the 1st dollar series. This image is also used on P-57 (50 Million ZWN) This image later appeared in the 4th dollar series with P-98 (500 ZWL).

While it hosts safaris and allows game hunting in the country, Zimbabwe is actually a great success story for conservation, particularly for elephants. It is believed that in 1900 as few as 4,000 elephants remained in the country and it was feared that the animal would become extinct in the region. Conservation efforts have been so successful that it has become an issue of population management, rather than just conservation. Even with increases in illegal killings in recent years the government controls and limits the population to prevent the elephants from causing habitat changes or other damage. Even with the legal and illegal killing and even with a massive 45,000 elephant cull from 1960 to 1989, the modern population sits at over 80,000, which is more than twice the national target population of 40,000 – which apparently comes from 1908.

This note is one of five of the notes in the 2nd dollar bearer check series that I got for my birthday in 2019.

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