Well after much foot dragging (and a little prodding), BAM!, I created a set for my Zimbabwe (new dollar) notes today. I must say the air is fresh and crisp up here at the top, (deep breath) ahhhhhh (thumbs firmly hooked onto suspenders *SNAP!*, hands on hips and looking stoically into the distance from atop the Registry.) . I recently purchased the final three notes I needed to complete the set, the $2 & $5 Bond Notes and the new 2020 $20 (say that three times fast). They arrived today, no big surprises on the Bond Notes as they are almost identical to the 2019 $2 & $5 issues the only difference being the serial number, date and the words "BOND NOTE" on the front and back. I haven't done a side by side comparison of the Bond Notes to the new dollar notes yet but as I now look at photos of both there maybe a few additional differences that I'll have to checkout later with a loupe and the notes in front of me, more to follow on that. I was hoping to complete this set in 68 (and I still might) but I'm impatient sometimes and well with a $2 PMG 67 sitting there at a reasonable price and a pocket full of eBay Bucks I didn't want to wait, I'm more than happy with both. Here are the Bond Notes.
The real surprise to me was the $20 note, it just doesn't look as good 'in hand' as it does in images. It's not the graphics, all the images look crisp and well detailed, it's the colors. The blue just does not look as 'blue' as in images and the yellows just seem to detract from the blue even more, while the yellows/off whites just seem dingy. I don't know if it's the color combination of blue and yellow/off white but the note just looks musty and aged, like one of my notes from the 1800's. I'm not saying it's ugly but to me it's definitely the weakest note of the series when it comes to eye appeal. I suppose there could be several factors, not being able to see something in person before you buy it, doctored images or maybe the settings on my monitor are off, who knows. The other surprise with this note, in general not specifically this one, are the relatively low grades they seem to receive. I don't think I've seen one over 67, for a modern note that is low. Again many factors in play there like sample size for one, but who would know since PMG doesn't post populations of unlisted notes in there reports (sorry, getting off track here). Since I haven't seen any $20 notes over 67 I decided to pick up a 66 for now. Overall I'm happy with the note, but I was kind of considering this as a place holder until I could find a 67 or 68 in a year or two, now I'm not so sure... I think I'll take my time and ponder this question from the Top of the Registry Set.
PMG should be assigning a point value to the $20 slot soon as I tried plugging it in today.
Update: Done! As I was typing this Journal Entry, PMG updated the slot.