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How does a Tyrant lose power?

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Revenant

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I was not aware of this world event or this tweet at the time (I was busy getting started in a new job at this point in 2017), but three years ago the following tweet was made:

 

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On Nov 19, 2017 Mugabe was told to resign by the 20th or be removed. When he didn't do it they filed for impeachment on the 21st and he resigned that same day.

I also wasn't aware of this when I named my set "Gradually, then suddenly," when I re-made and re-started it in 2019. But, when I found it online about a week ago, I couldn't help but save it and want to talk about it. It was just a little too perfect given what I named my Zimbabwe set (and I really do swear that I didn't know about this at the time. I learned about the quote when watching Prozac Nation and it stuck with me from there. It is on my bucket list to read "The Sun Also Rises" I guess).

In somewhat unrelated news I won the following two notes last week:

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I was pretty thrilled to get the P-30 without much fight. Another P-30 in 68 EPQ sold in late August with a 67 EPQ selling the week after that and I didn't bid on or win either because I just couldn't justify spending that much at the time (my budget wasn't big enough) and I decided the P-15 and some other notes I bought were more important to me / the set. This time I passed on a P-15 (in 67 EPQ this time) to get this P-30. Someone else did bid on and take that P-15 in 67 EPQ for $50 + shipping. It probably wasn't a bad / unreasonable price to get that check in such a high grade but I just couldn't convince myself it was worth that. That, and, having the P-15 that I have, I think the P-30 was now the right choice to move the bigger set forward.

Having won that, I put in a bid on the 2020 $20 and FINALLY won one at a price I was happy with. I was so sure I'd get one a few weeks back and I lost it at the last minute when it was going for $34+. Since I was able to combine shipping on this won with the P-30 the incremental cost to me was only $30. Finally, a good note and grade at a price I was more happy with. My 2019-2020 set may ultimately go through a complete / near complete upgrade cycle just for the joy of giving Mike a run for his money but for now I'm really happy to have a complete set. Although, having everything else in 67 now, I really regret snapping up that $5 bond note in 66 EPQ. It was / is a solid enough grade but now it just looks like the slouch / loser of the set.

These were shipped / the shipping label was created today. I'm going to cross my fingers that they get here in less than 3 weeks and I can add them to my set before the 4th of December. It would just be really nice to have them in place before the cut-off.

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That tweet is kinda neat, did he write a news article or air a story using that headline? Wouldn't mind reading it if he did.

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My 2019-2020 set may ultimately go through a complete / near complete upgrade cycle just for the joy of giving Mike a run for his money but for now I'm really happy to have a complete set.

I'm waiting :whistle:. Looks like I'll need to go update the description for my $20 :devil:

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Although, having everything else in 67 now, I really regret snapping up that $5 bond note in 66 EPQ. It was / is a solid enough grade but now it just looks like the slouch / loser of the set.

Ditto, I regretted snapping up the $20 in 66 so I upgraded a few weeks ago. Might have been me who out bid you on that $20 a few weeks back, patience is something I need to deploy more in my collecting. Oh well, I now have a Zimbabwe $20, 66 EPQ stocking stuffer for someone on Christmas. Or, I also play numismatic trivia with family members via group text and will award a prize for the first person to XXX points, usually takes 3-4 weeks to get to the arbitrary point total, at the end of which I give out a prize. Maybe that will be the $20's fate.(shrug)

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5 hours ago, Fenntucky Mike said:

That tweet is kinda neat, did he write a news article or air a story using that headline? Wouldn't mind reading it if he did.

I can't find any. Near as I can tell, he's an editor and doesn't write many articles himself and I mostly just pull up twitter activity on him. (shrug)

5 hours ago, Fenntucky Mike said:

'm waiting :whistle:. Looks like I'll need to go update the description for my $20 :devil:

Hold your breath. I dare you. ;) :devil: You'll be waiting a bit I think - including for my $20 note to have anything really interesting to say. Things mostly seem quiet over there as the government seems to be slow / reluctant to acknowledge what most people seem to already know - this currency is dead. Now that I have representative pieces for all of those, I don't think I'm going to be in a hurry to upgrade any of it except for maybe doing something about the P-100, because that is going to continue to annoy me I suspect. I'll probably go ahead and bump it to a 68 EPQ just because I see no point in getting a 67 at this point if I have any interest in one day bringing the set up to 68 EPQ.

5 hours ago, Fenntucky Mike said:

Ditto, I regretted snapping up the $20 in 66 so I upgraded a few weeks ago. Might have been me who out bid you on that $20 a few weeks back, patience is something I need to deploy more in my collecting. Oh well, I now have a Zimbabwe $20, 66 EPQ stocking stuffer for someone on Christmas. Or, I also play numismatic trivia with family members via group text and will award a prize for the first person to XXX points, usually takes 3-4 weeks to get to the arbitrary point total, at the end of which I give out a prize. Maybe that will be the $20's fate.(shrug)

It wouldn't at all surprise me if you beat me on one. I feel like I've made a lot of impulsive and knee-jerk choices with that set - including that I probably could have gotten a 67 EPQ for cheaper or a 68 EPQ for about the same money if I'd just been more patient on the $10 note.

My priority this year has consistently been the first dollar set(s). At this point, I want to build back a bit of a cash reserve and wait. There are three big notes left that come up much more infrequently, randomly, and unpredictably and they tend to be more expensive when they come up. Getting the P-1d was a great win for the 1st dollar set and I'm glad to have it but I really want a P-3 and I want it bad. I want that registry set 100% complete - at least of of my 4 first dollar sets anyway. lol Once I have a little bit of a war-chest saved up for getting those notes if / when they come up I'll either try to finish the Bolivares Soberanos or give some thought to upgrading some of the weaker notes in the Zimbabwe collection. Even then, some of the 65 EPQs in the 3rd dollar sets will probably be more attractive for upgrades than those 67 EPQs. 

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