Gradually, Then Suddenly
ZIM48a, 2006, 100 Thousand ZWN

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2nd Dollar Emergency Bearer Check - AA Prefix $100,000 No Space in Denomination

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Set Details

Note Description: 100,000 Dollars 2006 - Wmk: Zimbabwe Bird
Grade: 66 EPQ
Country: Zimbabwe
Note Number: ZIM48a
- Without Space in
Certification #: 8062333-044
Owner: Revenant
Set Category: World
Set Name: Gradually, Then Suddenly
Slot Name: ZIM48a, 2006, 100 Thousand ZWN
Research: Currently not available

Owner's Description

The difference between P-48a and P-48b is the spacing and grouping (or lack thereof) of the digits (zeros) in the denomination. P-48a has no space in the denomination and reads as “100000.” P-48b has a space between the “100” and the “000” in “100 000.” The P-48a is the rarer and more desirable variety.

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 the Great Zimbabwe ruins. This artwork first appeared on P-8 with the first dollar series. This artwork also appears on P-46 (10,000 ZWN), and P-50 (250,000 ZWN). The artwork is later revived in the 4th dollar series with P-94 (10 ZWL). The ruins also appeared in the 3rd dollar series but the artwork does not appear to have been the same image or a piece of it.

The “Great Zimbabwe” Ruins are the largest collection of ruins in Sub-Saharan Africa. They were built between the 11th and 15th centuries and are located between the Zambezi and Limpopo rivers. This set of ruins is the largest set but not the only one. Smaller sites are located as far away as Mozambique. The structures are made of granite. They’re a source of great national pride, however, they’ve been extensively plundered over time by treasure-hunters and others and this has complicated efforts to learn about the culture that built them – a culture apparently referred to as “Great Zimbabwe.”

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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