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June 14, 2015

As Currency Dies, Zimbabweans Will Get $5 for 175 Quadrillion Local Dollars


Bank accounts with balances of up to 175 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars will be paid $5. Those with balances above 175 quadrillion dollars will be paid at an exchange rate of $1 to 35 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars. The highest–and last–bank note to be printed by the RBZ in 2008 was 100 trillion Zimbabwean dollars. It was not enough to ride a public bus to work for a week. | American Renaissance

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Does anyone here know what a quadrillion is? It's one thousand trillion. I had to look it up.

I just got off the phone with Bobbie Mugobbie and all I could say was, "Why, Bobbie, why?"

He told me that he simply ran out of room on the dollar bills to print all those zeros. I said back to him, "Bobbie, wake up and smell the coffee. Haven't you heard of exponents?"

He laughed and said, "Of course I have. Remember all those white farmers? They used to be my opponents and now they is my 'exponents'. Ha, ha, ha."

All I could do is sigh.

Posted by: Blown Fx [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 14, 2015 1:58 PM

Sure, laugh now. We're all going to be Weimar Republic states soon unless something amazing happens.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 14, 2015 8:44 PM

I collect old U.S. currency, and I picked up a couple of these notes at a show a few years ago. They used to cost about $4 – $5, but then they got popular. Now they're $20 – $30 on ebay.

An amazing thing about this note is that it's a hundred, followed by 12 zeroes: $100,000,000,000,000.

Isn't that amazing? But not as amazing as the fact that before it was issued, Zimbabwe had already knocked off 12 zeroes!

So the real number is:


I thought the next one would have exponents, but they threw in the towel on that series.

Posted by: Smokey [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 15, 2015 12:44 PM

I have an RBZ 50,000,000 dollar bank note.

Of course, it expired June 20, 2008. The amazing part is the issue date was only April 2, 2008.

Posted by: ThomasD [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 15, 2015 6:31 PM

Oh, I long for the days of barter. A wheelbarrow with a goose and a sack of grain and trade for salt and flour.
Coinage was rare, some gold if the local markets agreed.
The next barter system we get into, and we will get to it, will see ammunition as coin of the realm.

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 15, 2015 9:53 PM

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