RBZ unveils special coins

HARARE - Zimbabwe today unveiled a set of $10 million special "bond" coins.

The coins, which arrived in the country this week from South Africa, are aimed at easing the change crisis.

This comes as Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa in his 2015 National Budget announced that the first batch of the coins was going to be received during the first week of this month, with actual circulation starting mid December 2014.

“The Reserve Bank will soon embark on campaigns to educate the general public on the features of the coins,” he said.

The southern African country ditched its local currency in favour of foreign currencies in January 2009 after hyper-inflation reached 500 billion percent.

Zimbabwe mainly uses the United States dollar and South African rand for transactions but businesses usually round-off prices and give consumers vouchers or sweets as change because the country lacks coins.

Ecuador, another country that uses the US dollar as its currency, has special coins, centavos, which have the same denomination and value as US coins.

Retail outlets have to make do with giving customers sweets and other small grocery items as change due to limited coins which are in smaller denominations.

New central bank governor, John Mangudya is of the view that the availability of the coins will lead to a reduction in prices of commodities, as they had been originally priced with the absence of coins in mind.

In September this year, Mangudya said RBZ would also be importing rand coins of 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2 and R5 to buttress the multiple currency system.

The imminent introduction of the special coins had raised fears that government wanted to return the banished Zimbabwe dollar to replace the multi-currency regime.

The central bank and the government, however, denied the rumours of the re-introduction of the Zimbabwe dollar.Zim to unveil new coins

Comments (5)

what we really need are 1c and 5c coins, coz now the price distortion is far from over

manqoba mamamela - 5 December 2014

this is Zim those coins will be hyper inflated i bet you, we give them only 6 months and you will see the results

The Atomic - 5 December 2014

That is it people I will be withdrawing whatever I have in the bank and will open a non-resident bank account with Standard Bank in SA. Goodbye cold world I am leaving you today goodbye, goodbye, goodbye. "Goodbye all you people there is nothing you can say to make me change my mind, goodbye" so goes the song.

sic - 6 December 2014

Enough with the stories of businesses who never have change. I am running a small FAST FOOD business called CHOW in town at Corner First Street and N. Mandela and we had coins for our customers from day one. How did I make a plan and 95% of the shops in town cant. Wake up and give your customers their change. Well done RBZ for the coins.

fanis - 6 December 2014

zvimwe hazvishande industry ngaimuke 1st

dutye - 8 December 2014

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