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$35,000,000,000,000,000 Zimbabwean for one US dollar

Zimbabwean dollars.
Zimbabwean dollars. Image by ZeroOne / CC BY-SA 2.0

Although currencies like the South African rand and US dollar have been accepted as currency since 2009 in Zimbabwe, the country is now officially phasing out its own defunct dollar. Until September the government will be offering citizens the chance to buy the American currency a rate of $35 quadrillion (35,000,000,000,000,000) Zimbabwean to US$1. The hyper-inflation that led to the fall of the local currency meant prices in shops changed several times a day, and many Zimbabweans had to take their money to shops in a wheelbarrow. The highest denomination printed was a $100 trillion Zimbabwean dollar note. When the Zimbabwe dollar was introduced in 1980 it was worth US$1.47. Read more: bbc.co.uk