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Dollars and cents

The official exchange rate claims US$1 is worth 250 Zimbabwean dollars. However the black market operates on the truer exchange of 200,000 Zimbabwean dollars to one.

The price of a newspaper illustrates the disparity. The state-controlled Herald costs 25,000 Zimbabwean dollars. Officially that equates to $100, but at the black market rate, it is just 12c.

A new 200,000 Zimbabwe dollar note was launched in July.

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