A family friend from Zimbabwe recently came for a 2 week break in the UK.
He brought some Zimbabwean dollars with him including this note that he was given 4 weeks ago. It was worth roughly US$1. By the 25th July, it was worth roughly US$0.1. By next week, it will probably be worthless.
Click the note to see a larger image. Notice how it has an expiry date:
Pay the bearer on demand 50 billion dollars on or before 31st December 2008.
Apparently people don't want Zimbabwean dollars any more. Instead, they use foreign currency or they barter – exchanging goods with each other. He told us of a farmer that pays his workers in bananas, for which they are very grateful.
It is a classic example of hyperinflation and a sorry state of affairs for this once prosperous country.