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Statue of the Unknown Soldier & Great Zimbabwe Bird 25 Dollars Zimbabwe Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry (Heroes Acre) (Harare) (Shona)

Statue of the Unknown Soldier & Great Zimbabwe Bird 25 Dollars Zimbabwe Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry (Heroes Acre) (Harare) (Shona)

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Statue of the Unknown Soldier & Great Zimbabwe Bird 25 Dollars Zimbabwe Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making (National Heroes Acre) (Hyperinflation) (Revolution) (Liberation) (Harare) (Shona)

Reverse: The Statue of the Unknown Soldier at National Heroes Acre, which commemorates Zimbabweans who died in the revolution against the Rhodesian government.
Lettering: ZIMBABWE
$25
TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS

Obverse: Great Zimbabwe Bird. The design is derived from soapstone sculptures found in the ruins of the ancient city of Great Zimbabwe, probably representing sacred or totemic animals of the Shona – the bateleur eagle (Shona: chapungu), which was held to be a messenger from Mwari (God) and the ancestors, or the fish eagle (hungwe) which it has been suggested was the original totem of the Shona.
Date: 2003

Edge: Interrupted reeding (5 sections)

Features
Issuer Zimbabwe
Period Republic (1980-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Year 2003
Value 25 Dollars (25.00 ZWR)
Currency Third Dollar (2007-2008)
Composition Nickel plated steel
Weight 7.33 g
Diameter 24.46 mm
Thickness 2.35 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 30 June 2009
Number N# 12538
References KM# 15, Schön# 64

Wikipedia:
The Statue of the Unknown Soldier commemorates the many Zimbabweans who died in the rebellion against the Rhodesian government. The statue is bronze sculptured and consists of three figures, one woman and two men, a flagpole with the Zimbabwe National Flag and the tomb for the Unknown Soldier.
Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20120818193851/http://www.zimbojam.com/pics-video/in-pictures/pictured-places/item/337-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-heroes-acre-in-harare

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Wikipedia:
National Heroes Acre or simply Heroes Acre is a burial ground and national monument in Harare, Zimbabwe. The 23-hectare (57-acre) site is situated on a ridge seven kilometres from Harare, towards Norton. Its stated purpose is to commemorate Patriotic Front guerrillas killed during the Rhodesian Bush War, and contemporary Zimbabweans whose dedication or commitment to their country justify their interment at the shrine.

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Wikipedia:
The stone-carved Zimbabwe Bird 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 the Rhodesian pound and then on the Rhodesian dollar). It probably represents the bateleur eagle or the African fish eagle. The bird's design is derived from a number of soapstone sculptures found in the ruins of the ancient city of Great Zimbabwe.

It is now the definitive icon of Zimbabwe, with Matenga (2001) listing over 100 organisations which now incorporate the Bird in their logo.

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 inhabited for over 300 years. The ruins, after which modern Zimbabwe was named, cover some 730 hectares (1,800 acres) and are the largest ancient stone construction in sub-Saharan Africa. Among its notable elements are the soapstone bird sculptures, about 40 centimetres (16 inches) tall and standing on columns more than 90 cm (3 ft) tall, which were originally installed on walls and monoliths within the city. They are unique to Great Zimbabwe; nothing like them has been discovered elsewhere.

Various explanations have been advanced to explain the symbolic meaning of the birds. One suggestion is that each bird was erected in turn to represent a new king, but this would have required improbably long reigns. More probably, the Zimbabwe birds represent sacred or totemic animals of the Shona – the bateleur eagle (Shona: chapungu), which was held to be a messenger from Mwari (God) and the ancestors, or the fish eagle (hungwe) which it has been suggested was the original totem of the Shona.

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"In 2003, two new coins were issued: a $10 coin featuring a cape buffalo and a $25 coin featuring Military Monument. These coins were virtually worthless by the time of their release."

...By 2000, the Zimbabwe dollar had dropped to the point that Z$100 was worth just $1USD, whereas just three years prior it was at trading at a 10-1 ratio. The production of the 1 cent and 5 cent coins stopped in 1999. Denominations of 10 cents through $1 saw the copper-nickel coins replaced with nickel-plated steel in 2001 until 2003. The $2 coin was reissued in 2001 in brass-plated steel, and a $5 bi-metallic coin was introduced in 2001 with a black rhino design. All these denominations came to an end in 2003.

Land seizures and election fraud led to the government of Zimbabwe being hit with international sanctions, and the nation lost its Commonwealth Nation status. The United States enacted the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (ZDERA), which froze credit to the Zimbabwean government. Meanwhile, in Zimbabwe, the corruption between the government and private business was quite visible, with a notable example being the Zimbabwe Banking Corporation having a promotional lottery with a first prize jackpot of Z$100,000, which was won by the nation’s president, Robert Mugabe. By June 2002, the exchange rate was Z$1,000 to $1USD, and by 2003 the country’s economy had collapsed. It is estimated that 11 million people fled the country. It is also believed that three-quarters of the remaining population were living on less than $1USD a day.

In 2003, two new coins were issued: a $10 coin featuring a cape buffalo and a $25 coin featuring Military Monument. These coins were virtually worthless by the time of their release.

By March 2005, the exchange had become Z$10,000 to $1USD. And in July 2006 it was over Z$500,000 to $1USD. A devaluation or redenomination program occurred on August 1, 2006. This would revalue the Zimbabwean dollar to a new Zimbabwean dollar at 1,000 to 1....

Source: https://www.pcgs.com/news/circulation-issue-coinage-of-zimbabwe-from-1980-to-2008

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