Gradually, Then Suddenly
ZIMUNL20a, 2020, 20 ZWD

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Set Details

Note Description: 20 Dollars Pick Unlisted 2020
Grade: 67 EPQ
Country: Zimbabwe
Note Number: ZIMUNL20a
- Wmk: Zimbabwe Bird & RBZ
Certification #: 8077592-056
Owner: Revenant
Set Category: World
Set Name: Gradually, Then Suddenly
Slot Name: ZIMUNL20a, 2020, 20 ZWD
Research: Currently not available

Owner's Description

After the events of 2020, some of which I discuss in the description for the $10 note, I find myself just waiting for the official news that this currency is dead, this series is done, and this is the last note in it. I guess we'll see though. No official demonetization or abandonment of these has been declared to my knowledge as of Nov 2020.

The new notes issued in late mid-2020 likely use the same designs as would have been used by the bond notes that would had been issued as part of the aborted Bond Note series just a few years prior, but the new issues removed the words “Bond Note” from the front and back of the notes. We will never know for sure because $10 and $20 Bond Notes were never released, but in 2019 they used the same designs as the 2016 and 2017 Bond Notes, so there’s no reason to think this isn’t also the case for the 2020 issues (short of a formal / official statement from the RBZ denying this, which I have not seen).

The original $20 notes, the P-4, issued starting in 1980, was primarily blues, teals, greens and aqua and the overall color scheme was very similar to these new notes. The fourth dollar $20 notes from 2009 (ZIM95) were also predominantly blue. On the back, both the P-4 and this note have an elephant – similarly posed in a front-facing / head toward the viewer kind of way – alongside and image of Victoria Falls.

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