Wow. That's bigger than I imagined it would be...

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Revenant

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About a week ago I placed an order for a couple of 20 L gas ration coupons. Part of the fun thing about having a reasonable price and free shipping was it gave me a chance to place a smaller order and make sure the seller was going to send ones that were in good condition.

They came in the mail today and... it's... big.

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Whenever I've seen these I've only ever seen (what I assume are) scans of them. So they're surrounded in white and there was no size reference. And, without really thinking about it much, I'd always mentally imagined them as being about 1/4th the size that this thing actually is. I guess maybe it's the fact that they're called "coupons," which makes me think of newspaper coupons for grocery store... but this thing is rather... big.

They really aren't much smaller than the new series notes.

The other thing I can't help but notice is that they have a perforated edge. I was reading on the seller's description about how they got many of these things directly from Harare still in "books" of coupons and these things had tear-away edges to tear them from coupon books. How interesting and how odd.

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But also, what an interesting and fun addition to the collection.

These two coupons are numbered 187788 and 187789, so I'm guessing he ripped both of these out of the same book specifically to send these to me - they were the last two of this type he had listed for sale.

Since these look good and I'm happy I'm putting in offers today to get some 5L, 10L, and 50 L coupons that I'm going to try sending in with the P-3d and P-3e notes I should be getting in the mail later this week.

Interestingly, even these seem to have type A and type B issues:

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and then there's potentially Amby and Caltex issues:

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Edited to add: While I am very proud of what I'd accomplished with my signature set as of the end of 2020, I'm really hoping and thinking that expanding it to include 1) a full set of the traveller's checks, 2) these ration coupons and 3) the inflation era coins and bond coins, it'll really elevate the collection in to something truly unique, special, and great.

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Interestingly, even these seem to have type A and type B issues:

That is interesting but I guess not unexpected when I think about it. Now the question is will PMG differentiate between the two?

lol I'm with you on the size I had imagined them as being smaller as well. I'm not as shocked that they came in a book, that's pretty standard practice, I think. The perforations probably don't show very well in a scan.

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1 hour ago, Fenntucky Mike said:

Now the question is will PMG differentiate between the two?

I plan to test it and, maybe, in the process, force it. I'm trying to get copies of both types for the 5 L and 20 L and send them in together, maybe with a 20L from AMBY too.

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On 5/23/2021 at 7:13 AM, Fenntucky Mike said:

lol I'm with you on the size I had imagined them as being smaller as well. I'm not as shocked that they came in a book, that's pretty standard practice, I think. The perforations probably don't show very well in a scan.

So far I've manage to dig up a couple of contemporary articles with these things being used as a kind of commodity-backed pseudo-currency around 2008, which will be great for my narrative and the justification for their inclusion once I can get them graded.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/aug/08/zimbabwe?fbclid=IwAR3zdQ2PTbi3hSegqzcHBWgA9-ErWOPGQSEAh7XmV2zwV63kvvkspWpb_ys

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Zimbabweans-opting-for-liters-over-dollars-to-3201028.php?fbclid=IwAR2AVVtohJlS4PyPMkA2SaWlJu0VC8cCFCxvzSLV1IEuFKJ6JghLXEjm8rw

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4 hours ago, Fenntucky Mike said:

I'll check those articles out in the next few days. God, I enjoy reading about this stuff WAY too much. I think I may have a problem.

Me too. I haven't listed it anywhere and I haven't always been the best about remembering to save links but I have a now quite long list of links to articles and resources that I've referenced and used while researching these sets and notes for my descriptions.

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7 hours ago, Revenant said:

Me too. I haven't listed it anywhere and I haven't always been the best about remembering to save links but I have a now quite long list of links to articles and resources that I've referenced and used while researching these sets and notes for my descriptions.

I've been burned by just saving links, too many times I'll go back and the article will have been pulled. I now save everything I find in Word documents.

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3 hours ago, Fenntucky Mike said:

I've been burned by just saving links, too many times I'll go back and the article will have been pulled. I now save everything I find in Word documents.

When I go for that option I normally go for PDF printing. lol 

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