Gradually, Then Suddenly
ZIM54, 2006, 5 Million ZWN

Slot Comment:

2nd Dollar Emergency Bearer Check - AA Prefix $5,000,000

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Note Details


Set Details

Note Description: 5 Million Dollars 2008 - Wmk: Zimbabwe Bird
Grade: 66 EPQ
Country: Zimbabwe
Note Number: ZIM54
- Sign #8
Certification #: 8046943-026
Owner: Revenant
Set Category: World
Set Name: Gradually, Then Suddenly
Slot Name: ZIM54, 2006, 5 Million 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.

These 5 million dollar bearer checks (ZIM54) use the image of some terraced hills that appeared first on the 5 dollar notes (ZIM5) of the re-designed 1st dollars in the mid-1990s. This design reappeared on ZIM42 (100 ZWN), and ZIM44 (1000 ZWN). After ZIM54 this artwork was not used again and did not reappear in the 4th dollar series like several of the other images that originated with the 1st dollars.

This is one of five notes I got for Christmas in 2019 – the last set of additions in a year that became dedicated to building this set into what I’d always dreamed and believed it could be.

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