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5 Dollars 2016, Zimbabwe

in Krause book Number: 100
Years of issue: 28.11.2016
Edition:
Signatures: Governor: John Panonetsa Mangudya
Serie: Bond notes
Specimen of: 2016
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 155 х 62
Printer: Fidelity Printers and Refinery, Msasa Industrial area, Harare

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5 Dollars 2016

Description

Watermark:

2 Dollars 2016

The great Zimbabwe bird and abbreviation RBZ (Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe).

Avers:

5 Dollars 2016

balancing rocks

The Balancing Rocks are geomorphological features of igneous rocks found in many parts of Zimbabwe, and are particularly noteworthy in Matopos National Park and near the township of Epworth to the southeast of Harare. The formations are of natural occurrence in a perfectly balanced state without other support. Their popularity grew when the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe featured the formations on the last series of Zimbabwean banknotes.

The Balancing Rocks have been used as a metaphorical theme to explain the importance of development coupled with preserving the fragile environment of Zimbabwe as similar to that of the Balancing Rocks found in Epworth, Matopos and in other areas.

bird

In top right corner right is a profile of the stone-carved Zimbabwe Bird on star background (from the flag of Zimbabwe). It is the national emblem of Zimbabwe, appearing on the national flags and coats of arms of both Zimbabwe and Rhodesia, as well as on banknotes and coins (first on Rhodesian pound and then Rhodesian dollar). It probably represents the Bateleur eagle or the African Fish Eagle.

The original carved birds are from the ruined city of Great Zimbabwe, which was built by ancestors of the Shona, starting in the 11th century and continuing for over 300 years. The ruins, after which modern Zimbabwe was named, cover some 1,800 acres (7.3 km²) and are the largest ancient stone construction in Zimbabwe. Among its notable elements are the soapstone bird sculptures, about 16 inches tall and standing on columns more than a yard tall, were installed on walls and monoliths of the ancient city of Great Zimbabwe. They are believed to have been a sign of the royal presence.

After the ruins of Great Zimbabwe were discovered by European colonists in the late nineteenth century, they took five of the carved birds to the Cape Colony and sold them to its leader Cecil Rhodes. A German missionary came to own the pedestal of one bird, which he sold to the Ethnological Museum in Berlin in 1907. At the independence of Zimbabwe in 1981, the South African government returned four of the statues to the country; the fifth is held at Groote Schuur, Rhodes' former home in Cape Town. In 2003, the German museum returned the portion of bird's pedestal to Zimbabwe.

Denominations in numerals are in top left and lower right corners, also centered. In words centered.

Revers:

5 Dollars 2016

Giraffa camelopardalis giraffe

Centered are South African giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis giraffe).

Found in northern South Africa, southern Botswana, southern Zimbabwe, and south-western Mozambique. It has dark, somewhat rounded patches "with some fine projections" on a tawny background color. The spots extend down the legs and get smaller. The median lump of males is less developed. A maximum of 12,000 are estimated to remain in the wild, and around 45 are kept in zoos.

Aloidendron barberae

Right of Giraffes are aloe trees.

Aloidendron barberae, formerly Aloe barberae, also known as the tree aloe, is a species of succulent plant in the genus Aloidendron. It is native to South Africa northwards to Mozambique. In its native climes this slow-growing tree can reach up to 18 m. (54 ft.) high and 0.9 m. (3 ft.) in stem diameter. Aloidendron barberae is Africa's largest aloe-like plant. The tree aloe is often used as an ornamental plant. Its tubular flowers are rose pink (green-tipped); it flowers in winter and in its natural environment is pollinated by sunbirds.

Denominations in numerals are in lower left corner and on right side.

Comments:

Windowed security thread with demetalized RBZ.

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe released US$10 million worth of a controversial quasi-currency Monday in an attempt to ease the country's liquidity troubles.

The initial release of the so-called bond notes will be "released into the market through normal banking channels in small denominations of $2 and $5," according to a press release from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. The new bond notes and coins are pegged 1:1 to the U.S. dollar. The statement, published on Saturday, detailed that this initial $10 million release would take the form of $2 bond notes and $1 bond coins.