New Zimbabwe Notes Stir Memory of 500,000,000,000% Inflation

  • Dollar-backed bond notes aimed at alleviating cash shortage
  • Seen as return to Zimbabwean dollar abandoned in 2009

A one hundred trillion dollar Zimbabwe note issued in 2008.

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Zimbabwe’s tentative return to its own currency is getting a hostile reception from citizens, who fear a recurrence of the 500 billion percent inflation that plagued the southern African nation before it abandoned its dollar seven years ago.

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