Gradually, Then Suddenly
ZIM56, 2006, 25 Million ZWN

Slot Comment:

2nd Dollar Emergency Bearer Check - AB Prefix $25,000,000

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Set Details

Note Description: 25 Million Dollars 2008 - Wmk: Zimbabwe Bird
Grade: 67 EPQ
Country: Zimbabwe
Note Number: ZIM56
- Sign. #8
Certification #: 8047606-061
Owner: Revenant
Set Category: World
Set Name: Gradually, Then Suddenly
Slot Name: ZIM56, 2006, 25 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 bearer checks feature an image of torch in Harare (capital city) that represents “The Eternal Flame of Freedom.” This image originally premiered on the 10 dollar note (ZIM3) in the early 1980s. However, that note (ZIM3) is mostly red. This note has a lot green and some cream-like colors. This image also appears on ZIM38 (5 ZWN). This torch / monument (which is lit during independence day celebrations in Zimbabwe) didn’t appear again in the 3rd dollar series but made a comeback in the 4th dollar series on the 100 dollar note (ZIM97) – one of the last notes made before the currency was abandoned / suspended for 10 years in 2009.

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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