Banknotes of the third Zimbabwean dollar (ZWR) (printed 2006-2009)

Gimbo's picture

I'd like to know the name of the typeface used to spell out the face values (e.g. ONE HUNDRED TRILLION DOLLARS) on the 2007 and 2008 Zimbabwean banknote series. According to Wikipedia, the earliest of these notes were printed in October 2006.

It's a sans-serif outline typeface, and the most distinctive thing about it is that some of the letters (A, M, N and W) have exaggerated overshoots (with the last three also extending below the baseline). I haven't had any luck with WhatTheFont or Identifont.

Some other examples for the different letterforms:
ONE DOLLAR
TEN DOLLARS
FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS
FIFTY BILLION DOLLARS

Nick Cooke's picture

Banknotes usually have custom lettering to prevent forgery.

Ryuk's picture

My money on Futura.

Gimbo's picture

Thanks very much for both of your replies. It looks to me like it's just Futura with a custom border applied - I suppose preventing forgeries isn't a priority during hyperinflation.

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