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5 Dollars 1983, Zimbabwe

in Krause book Number: 2с
Years of issue: 1983
Edition: --
Signatures: Governor: Mr. K. Moyana
Serie: Kombo Moyana Issue
Specimen of: 1980
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 142 х 74
Printer: Fidelity Printers and Refinery, Msasa Industrial area, Harare

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5 Dollars 1983




The Zimbabwe Bird. 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.


5 Dollars 1983


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.


In lower left corner is Burchell's zebra (Equus quagga burchellii).

Burchell's zebra (Equus quagga burchellii) is a southern subspecies of the plains zebra. It is named after the British explorer and naturalist William John Burchell. Common names include bontequagga, Burchell's zebra, Damara zebra, and Zululand zebra (Gray, 1824). Burchell's zebra is the only subspecies of zebra which may be legally farmed for human consumption in the UK.

Near zebra is an inscription: HARARE 1983.

Denominations in numerals are in three corners, centered in words.


5 Dollars 1983


Village scene. Two workers pounding in a mortar - making Sadza.

Sadza in Shona (isitshwala in isiNdebele, or pap, vuswa or bogobe in South Africa, or nsima in the Chichewa language, or Ugali in Kenya) or phaletšhe in Botswana, is a cooked maize meal that is the staple food in Zimbabwe and other parts of Southern Africa.

Sadza is made with finely ground dry maize/corn maize (Mealie-Meal). This maize meal is referred to as hupfu in Shona or impuphu in Ndebele. Despite the fact that maize is an imported food crop to Zimbabwe (c. 1890), it has become the chief source of carbohydrate and the most popular meal for indigenous people. Locals either purchase the mealie meal in retail outlets or produce it in a grinding mill from their maize.

Zimbabweans prefer white maize meal. However, during times of famine or hardship, they resorted to eating yellow maize meal, which is sometimes called "Kenya," because it was once imported from that nation. Before the introduction of maize, sadza was made from zviyo finger millet.

Sadza is typically served on individual plates, but traditionally sadza was eaten from a communal bowl, a tradition that is still maintained by some families mainly in the rural areas. It is generally eaten with the right hand without the aid of cutlery; often rolled into a ball before being dipped into a variety of condiments such as sauce/gravy, sour milk, or stewed vegetables.

Notable foods eaten with sadza include:

Meat is known as nyama in Shona.

Red meat – includes beef, mutton, goat (mbudzi ın Shona), and game meat

Cow hoof – amanqgina, mazondo


Other food stuff include intestine (tripe), offal, ezangaphakathi (includes amathumbu, amaphaphu, isibindi, utwane, ulusu, umbendeni; in Ndebele known as matumbu), sun-dried vegetables known as uMfushwa/Mufushawa, and many more

White meat – includes huku or inkukhu - chicken meat, hove - Fish

Fish (inhlanzi in Ndebele), including the small dried fish Kapenta

Mopane worms / madora / amacimbi – edible moth caterpillar

Spring greens – known as imibhida in the Ndebele Language, muriwo in the Shona Language

Sugar Beans – known as indumba in Ndebele, nyemba Shona


Derere Delele – okra

Cleome gynandra (ulude in Ndebele) / nyevhe in Shona

Pumpkin – leaves known as Muboora in shona or ibhokola in Ndebele

Soured milk natural yogurt (known as amasi in Ndebele or Nguni languages in South Africa, mukaka wakakora in Shona, or lacto

Soya Chunks

Soups and stews

Sadza and ox bone

Denominations in numerals are in three corners.