A pile of change AS INFLATION climbed towards 80 billion percent in 2008-09, Zimbabweans abandoned the Zim dollar in favour of the American one. Since then, shopkeepers, with no access to American coins, have had to hand out pens, sweets and chewing gum instead of change. That has triggered a debate about whether the country needs its own currency again.The advantages of the switch to the dollar were many.

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