Cayman Islands dollar
|Cayman Islands dollar|
|ISO 4217 code||KYD|
|Central bank||Cayman Islands Monetary Authority|
|User(s)||Cayman Islands (UK)|
|Pegged with||United States Dollar, 1 KYD = 1.2 USD|
|Coins||1, 5, 10, 25 cents|
|Banknotes||1, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100 dollars|
The Cayman Islands Dollar (currency code KYD) is the currency of the Cayman Islands. It is abbreviated with the dollar sign $, or alternatively CI$ to distinguish it from other dollar-denominated currencies. It is subdivided into 100 cents. It is the 9th-highest-valued currency unit in the world and the highest-valued dollar unit.
The Cayman Islands dollar was introduced in 1972, replacing the Jamaican dollar at par. Jamaican currency and Cayman Islands then remained both legal tender until 1 August 1972 when Jamaican currency ceased to be legal tender. The Cayman Islands dollar has been pegged to the United States dollar at 1 Cayman Islands dollar = 1.2 U.S. dollars since 1 April 1974.
In 1972, coins in denominations of 1¢, 5¢, 10¢ and 25¢ were introduced. The 1¢ was struck in bronze, with the other denominations in cupronickel. From 1992, copper and nickel-plated steel replaced bronze and cupronickel, respectively.
On 1 May 1972, the Cayman Islands Currency Board introduced notes in denominations of 1, 5, 10 and 25 dollars. 40 dollar notes were introduced in 1981 but were taken out of circulation a few years later, followed by 100 dollars in 1982 and 50 dollars in 1987. On 1 January 1997, the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA) took over issuance of paper money, issuing notes for 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 dollars. The current series of notes was issued on 4 April 2011.
|2010 "D Series" issue|
|Image||Value||Dimensions||Main Color||Description||Date of issue||Date of first issue||Watermark|
|||$1||156 x 66 mm||Violet, Sea Blue and Orange||Angel fish; map of the Cayman Islands; Coat of arms of the Cayman Islands; Queen Elizabeth II||Nautilus shell; The Bluff on Cayman Brac||2010||April 4, 2011||Turtle; electrotype "CIMA"; Cornerstones|
|||$5||156 x 66 mm||Green||Hawksbill turtles; map of the Cayman Islands; Coat of arms of the Cayman Islands; Queen Elizabeth II||Conch shell; Cayman parrots||2010||April 4, 2011||Turtle; electrotype "CIMA"; Cornerstones|
|||$10||156 x 66 mm||Red, Violet and Dark Gray||Landcrabs; map of the Cayman Islands; Coat of arms of the Cayman Islands; Queen Elizabeth II||Shell; wild banana orchid||2010||April 4, 2011||Turtle; electrotype "CIMA"; Cornerstones|
|||$25||156 x 66 mm||Dark brown, light brown and orange||Scallop shells; map of the Cayman Islands; Coat of arms of the Cayman Islands; Queen Elizabeth II||Scallop shell; Hawksbill turtle; fish; coral||2010||April 4, 2011||Turtle; electrotype "CIMA"; Cornerstones|
|||$50||156 x 66 mm||Purple||Stingrays; map of the Cayman Islands; Coat of arms of the Cayman Islands; Queen Elizabeth II||Shell; stingray||2010||April 4, 2011||Turtle; electrotype "CIMA"; Cornerstones|
|||$100||156 x 66 mm||Orange, brown and red||Cayman Schooner boats; map of the Cayman Islands; Coat of arms of the Cayman Islands; Queen Elizabeth II||Conch shell; Aerial view of the Financial Center in George Town||2010||April 4, 2011||Turtle; electrotype "CIMA"; Cornerstones|
|Current KYD exchange rates|
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|From OANDA.com:||AUD CAD CHF EUR GBP HKD JPY USD|
|From fxtop.com:||AUD CAD CHF EUR GBP HKD JPY USD|
Note: Rates obtained from these websites may contradict with pegged rate mentioned above
On the islands, the US dollar is accepted as legal currency at the rate of US$1.00 equal to KY$0.80 (i.e. US$1.25 = KY$1.00). Change is usually given in Cayman Island dollars.
The Cayman Islands dollar is an off-shoot of the Jamaican dollar which is essentially a half pound sterling. Jamaica followed the pattern of South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand in that when it adopted the decimal system, it decided to use the half-pound unit as opposed to the pound unit of account. The choice of the name "dollar" was motivated by the fact that the reduced value of the new unit corresponded more closely to the value of the US dollar than it did to the pound sterling.
- Cayman Islands Monetary Authority
- Central banks and currencies of the Caribbean
- Economy of the Cayman Islands
- Cayman Islands Government Notice No. 126 of 1972, proclamation No. 2 of 1972, dated 7 July 1972
- Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (2005-12-14). "The History of Cayman Islands Currency". Archived from the original on 2007-08-22. Retrieved 2007-09-17.
- Linzmayer, Owen (2012). "Cayman Islands". The Banknote Book. San Francisco, CA: www.BanknoteNews.com.
- Cayman Islands new family of notes confirmed BanknoteNews.com. Retrieved 2012-05-16.
- Cayman Islands Department of Tourism. "Cayman Islands Quick Guide".
- Krause, Chester L., and Clifford Mishler (1991). Standard Catalog of World Coins: 1801–1991 (18th ed.). Krause Publications. ISBN 0873411501.
- Pick, Albert (1994). Standard Catalog of World Paper Money: General Issues. Colin R. Bruce II and Neil Shafer (editors) (7th ed.). Krause Publications. ISBN 0-87341-207-9.