According to a BBC News report dated 29 January 2009, while delivering the annual budget to parliament, acting Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa announced, “In line with the prevailing practices by the general public, [the] government is therefore allowing the use of multiple foreign currencies for business transactions alongside the ZimbabweanRead More…

At the beginning of this week, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe introduced 20- and 50-billion-dollar notes, and today, just four days later, it has unveiled even larger, record-breaking denominations: 10-, 20-, 50-, and 100-trillion-dollar notes. The 10-trillion-dollar note is going into circulation immediately (16 January 2009), with the others toRead More…

On 12 January 2009, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe introduced another pair of new high-denomination notes, coinciding with the lifting of withdrawal restrictions this week. The design of the new 20-billion-dollar note includes the Chiremba balancing rocks in Epworth on the front. The back depicts the RBZ headquarters building andRead More…

On 29 December 2008, the Bank of Albania issued its first-ever 2,000-lek note. Also, on 14 November 2008, the bank issued a revised 1,000-lek note. Both are dated 2007 and apparently printed by TDLR based upon their use of Cornerstone watermarks. B318 (P69 & P73): 1,000 leke (US$9.10) Green. Front:Read More…

In what seems to be a weekly occurrence, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe introduced another batch of new high-denomination notes on 19 December 2008, in a futile attempt to keep ahead of the highest inflation in the world (officially at 231 million percent, but independent estimates are 500 quintillion percent).Read More…

Dark green, mint green, and brown. Front: English text; sand dollar as registration device; green foil fish; map; embossed flamingoes; Lynden O. Pindling. Back: English text; Royal Bahamas police band; coat of arms; yellow elder flowers. Solid security thread and violet-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BAHAMAS. Watermark: Lynden O.Read More…

On 14 December 2008, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe introduced two new high-denomination notes. B172 (P81): 200,000,000 dollars (demonetized 30.09.2015) Brown. Front: English text; Chiremba balancing rocks in Epworth; stylized grains and cow in underprint; Zimbabwe bird in OVI. Back: English text; Cathedral of St. Mary & All Saints andRead More…