The former currency of Zaire. The new zaire was the currency of Zaire between 1993 and 1997. It replaced the first zaire because of the older currency's persistently high inflation. It was replaced by the Congolese franc in 1997 when Zaire became the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
In Goma, the dollar rate in March was 90,000 New Zaires (NZ), against NZ 75,000 in the upper Zaire mining areas (where there is an influx of dollars to purchase gold from wildcat diggers) and over NZ 170,000 in Kinshasa.