Gradually, Then Suddenly
10 USD, 1999

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Federal Reserve Note US Dollar

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Set Details

Note Description: $10 1999
Grade: 66 EPQ
Country: United States
Note Number: 2033-D*
Seal Type: Green (D.C.)
Certification #: 1085506-011
Owner: Revenant
Set Category: World
Set Name: Gradually, Then Suddenly
Slot Name: 10 USD, 1999
Research: See PMG's Census Report for this Note

Owner's Description

I can only really speculate on what US Bills would have been in circulation in Zimbabwe at the time of the dollarization and the abandonment of the 3rd & 4th dollar in 2009 and in what relative quantities. There are pictures and other things online that give hints, however.

The images from news stories at the time show mostly $1 bills - which I suppose makes sense - but you do see images of people holding up $10 and $20 bills. You can see in the photos from the time representative examples of the non-colorized designs from the early 2000s as well as the later colorized US notes from the post-2006 period.

In the photos I have seen online it seems like $10 and $20 notes might have been more common in circulation there than US $5 notes - which might also make sense if most of the bills were being brought in by tourists. The $20 is a favorite choice among Americans for carrying cash - much more so than the $5, I think.

One US note I explicitly do not include in this set, even though it has technically been in circulation throughout this period, is the US $2 bill. There are plenty of US citizens that do not realize there is a US $2 bill currently in production and issuance. I cannot imagine there were many $2 bills brought into Zimbabwe and I have not seen any photos or other information to disprove this assumption.

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