Zimbabwe discards the Zimbabwian dollar

The government of Zimbabwe has decided to discard its own currency, the Zimbabwian dollar (ZWD). The currency hasn't been widely used anymore after the country experienced hyperinflation, which hit 500 billion per cent in 2008. Foreign currencies like the US dollar and the South African rand were also accepted in Zimbabwe and much more popular.

From Monday, customers who held Zimbabwean dollar accounts before March 2009 can approach their banks to convert their balance into US dollars, the governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, John Mangudya, said in a statement. Zimbabweans have until September to turn in their old banknotes.

Bank accounts with balances of up to 175 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars will be paid $5. Those with balances above 175 quadrillion dollars will be paid at an exchange rate of $1 for 35 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars.

Steven Friday 12 June 2015 at 10:21 am | | news
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