The P-72 at last. :)

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Revenant

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Today I officially got a P-72 Zimbabwean banknote for my wife for my birthday. I think it actually came right around a month ago but as of today it is officially “mine” and I can list it. lol Anyway… 

 

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It came with a circulated 500,000 note as a tag along. :)

 

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At a whopping $265 – a very high price tag for this set, making it cost about 1/10th as much as the rest of the 100-note set combined and beating the next most expensive note by a factor of ~2.5 – this was a bit of a painful one to pull the trigger on but I just had to have this or I don’t think I’d ever be able to feel fully satisfied with the set.   

This is / feels like a pretty big thing because it finally completes my 3rd dollar banknote set by pick #. 

 

This means the list of accomplishments in my Zimbabwean banknote collection (Gradually, then Suddenly) for 2021 includes: 

  1. First dollar banknote set complete by pick # - I added the P-3 at last. 

  1. First dollar traveller’s checks complete by pick # x2 sets 

  1. 2nd dollar bearer checks complete by pick # - I filled in the last 3 holes, one with a top pop I sent in myself. The only thing I think that is arguably missing here is the P-46a sub-type. 

  1. 3rd dollar banknotes complete by pick# - I have hardly ever seen a 73b, a 74b, or a 76b for sale and I refuse to pay $140 for a grade 15 just to say that I have that variety. 

  1. A whole bunch of raw gas coupons added and added to the set with a placeholder. 

 

The set is complete by pick number from P-1 to P-12, from P-15 to P-23, and from P-32 to P-104. 

 

For the first time since I expanded the set to include all the pick numbers there are fewer than 10 holes / gaps in the set.  

 

6 of those holes are the Cargill Bearer checks – I’ll try my best down the road but… those are hard, and I just don’t feel bad about not having them! 

 

2 of those gaps are notes that, as discussed in other entries, I’m not convinced deserve to even have their own pick numbers (P-28 and P-31). 

 

And the last hole is a P-105, and… does anyone think I won’t get that as soon as I’m good and ready? lol 

 

Looking at it, seeing that last gap in the middle of that huge, otherwise unbroken, 70+ note block… Feels nice! And I’m a little shocked and in awe. I would not have believed I’d get here in 2019, especially not in just 2.5 years. 

 

At this point, my set has more notes and varieties and more images of notes in higher grade / better condition than many of the sites I used to learn about the collection and build mine.   I feel really good about reaching this point. REALLY REALLY Good. 

 

But every time I hit a milestone like this though the “road ahead” becomes a steeper climb. Lol 

 

Last night I also won a new P-46b unopposed. The P-46b in the set is one of the three notes I submitted myself earlier this year, but it disappointed with a 64EPQ. I was happy enough to get to have the 2nd dollar set, but, as I long suspected would be the case, not long after I just graded them myself the dealer I get so many of these notes from started popping up with more 2nd dollar bearer checks in high grade for cheap. They've been listing a lot of things in the range of P-39 to P-49 in 67 and 68 EPQ grades the last couple of weeks.

 

 

I'm a bit salty over this because I got charged sales tax again this time when I haven't been charged sales tax the last couple of times I've bought from them. That brought the price up to $37.88. If I'd known I'd be hit with tax and pay almost $38 and not $35 I would have just bought the note from them through their site. It's $35 on their site and I won with a $30 bid, but I could have used their 10% discount code, not paid shipping and gotten out for $36.50... At the end of the day, it's $1.38. Not a big deal, but still mildly annoying. I'm getting tired of this on again / off again with this seller and eBay on Sales tax. Between that and the discount code on the site I'm increasingly convinced that I need to just give up on eBay wit this seller as long as that 10% code is on offer. However, as Mike has pointed out, a lot of their better stuff goes to eBay on auction, and doesn't show up on their site until much later, if it shows up at all. So waiting and hoping to see it on the website is a bit of a risk.

 

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It's a little funny to me that this post is focused on the two different 10,000 dollar notes in two of the series / sets that have them. There's a total of 5 $10,000 denominations, with P-14 (RARE!), P-17 (Dirty Common), and P-24 (RARE) rounding out the group.

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I've already said it but I'll say it again, that is one hell of a gift! :golfclap:

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At a whopping $265 – a very high price tag for this set, making it cost about 1/10th as much as the rest of the 100-note set combined and beating the next most expensive note by a factor of ~2.5 – this was a bit of a painful one to pull the trigger on but I just had to have this or I don’t think I’d ever be able to feel fully satisfied with the set.   

I wouldn't think it would have been painful at all,  I'm thinking it was necessary. :devil: Seriously, the set wouldn't be the same without it and while it would have been nice to wait and maybe save a few bucks (or self-submit a raw note) sometimes you just have to go for it. (thumbsu I'd be super happy with the state of the set, with a sense of accomplishment, but an empty slot would bug me unless it's just not a realistic note to acquire. Those you just have to come to terms with and/or wait it out. 

Yeah, NH needs to start embracing their website more and give up on ebay. Pick a price and list it on your site, stop holding out on the good notes and then listing them on ebay. Maybe if I stopped running up bids on auctions they would.  :slapfight:

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On 10/19/2021 at 5:06 PM, Fenntucky Mike said:

I've already said it but I'll say it again, that is one hell of a gift! :golfclap:

Big Time! Shocked but very happy that she let me get away with it!

On 10/19/2021 at 5:06 PM, Fenntucky Mike said:

I wouldn't think it would have been painful at all,  I'm thinking it was necessary.

The fact that it was necessary after all of this is why it was done but it still stung a bit to hit "Confirm" while still remembering that that 68EPQ 20 Trillion note for $99.99 now retails at $65, and the more I get rarer notes at big sums like this and the more I upgrade things the more that set becomes slightly less of a "low budget champion." But I'm pretty sure I'm still less than $3500 into that set, which would still make it a pretty cheap winner. lol

On 10/19/2021 at 5:06 PM, Fenntucky Mike said:

an empty slot would bug me unless it's just not a realistic note to acquire. Those you just have to come to terms with and/or wait it out. 

And that's where I'm basically shrugging with the P-13, the P-14 and the P-24 through P-27. When those come up at all people want $300-500 for them raw and in very circulated states. I just don't know that I'll ever be able to go there. I had also once thought it would be great to get a full variety set of the first series (P-1 through P-4). I did that with P-1, but P-4a, P-4b, P-3a, and P-3b are... soul crushing... at the moment.

I feel a temptation to nuke my set for spare 3rd dollars for the crime of breaking up my 100% completes. :Dlol 

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On 10/19/2021 at 8:59 PM, Revenant said:

I feel a temptation to nuke my set for spare 3rd dollars for the crime of breaking up my 100% completes. :Dlol 

HA! Yeah, I never understood the reasoning of listing a second or third set of duplicate notes, unless an individual was actively peddling them. I guess there is the registry point aspect of this or maybe it's easier to keep track of them, but still, I'd nuke the set!

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On 10/19/2021 at 8:59 PM, Revenant said:

And that's where I'm basically shrugging with the P-13, the P-14 and the P-24 through P-27. When those come up at all people want $300-500 for them raw and in very circulated states.

:whatthe: Yeah, that's a LOT saltier than I thought for those. It's a tough one, maybe it's a one note a year type of thing, still it's tough to relinquish a good chunk of the budget to a single, circulated, raw note, and potentially investing another $40ish for grading.... hm I guess I'd try to chip away at them, assuming that they are available in the years to come.

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On 10/20/2021 at 5:57 AM, Fenntucky Mike said:

hm I guess I'd try to chip away at them, assuming that they are available in the years to come.

I probably would too, but it just becomes an issue of do I have the budget / cash when one comes up.

Those are hard in the $500-600 range because for about $300-400 I can get a low mint state coin with about 0.1 oz of gold. Like a 10 Mark, a French 10 Franc or an old 1930 10 Bolivar. For 600-700 I can have something like an upgrade to the 10G set, a Dutch 20 Kroner  or a Gold 20 Bolivar. And those are literally Gold.

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On 10/19/2021 at 5:06 PM, Fenntucky Mike said:

I've already said it but I'll say it again, that is one hell of a gift! :golfclap:

That seller is up to 9 sold... Sit on the fence long enough and you might end up getting stuck with that Canadian seller wanting $500 for one. :devil:

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On 10/22/2021 at 11:09 PM, Revenant said:

That seller is up to 9 sold... Sit on the fence long enough and you might end up getting stuck with that Canadian seller wanting $500 for one. :devil:

HA! The PMG Pop Rep has 32 at 66, so how many are there? I think you're right I better act sooner than later, could be years before they pop up again at that price.

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