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Circulating Banknotes

There are six denominations of baknotes currently in circulation: $100, $50, $25, $10, $5 and $1. 

Common Features 

Some common features of all Cayman Islands banknotes are:

  • The size of each note is 156 x 66mm.
  • On the obverse of all notes there is a portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
  • All notes have a security thread, a watermark and serial numbers.
  • The International Copyright Symbol © appears on the front and back.
  • The signatures of the Minister of Finance of the Cayman Islands and the Managing Director of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA), at the time of issue, appear on the front of the note. Notes issued prior to 2003 bear the signature of the Chairman of the Board only, and notes issued between 2003 and 2009 have the signatures of the Financial Secretary and the Managing Director of CIMA.
  • The banknotes have a letter prefix before the serial number, which refers to the series of its print.
  • The obverse side of all notes bears the Cayman Islands Coat of Arms and Motto.
  • All Cayman Islands banknotes have been printed by De La Rue currency note printers in England.

"B" Series

In 1991, the first redesign and upgrade was done on the $100, $25, $10 and $5 denominations. Again in 1996 these four banknotes were updated when the $1 denomination was upgraded and redesigned for the first time. Secondary colours, which highlight the design details of each note, are used in the "B" series banknotes. The notes also included improved security features.

"C" Series

In August of 1998, CIMA introduced the "C" series banknotes. The new banknotes are an updated version of the "B" series and reflect changes to the issuing authority and the law under which the notes are issued. The first denominations of the "C" series to be issued were the $10, $5, and $1. The $100 and $25 denominations were issued in August 1999. In 2001 the "C" series $50 banknote was introduced and was later replaced by the 2003 $50 banknote.

"D" Series

In April 2011, the first complete redesign of the Cayman Islands banknotes was introduced with the "D" series. All six denominations have been redesigned, depicting new images, pattern and security features. At the same time many of the familiar elements of the previous notes have been kept for continuity.

"Q/1" $1 Banknote

In February 2003, CIMA issued a commemorate $1 banknote to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' first recorded sighting of the beautiful islands in 1503.

"Q/2" $1 Banknote

In 2018, CIMA developed a commemorative banknote to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Our First Constitution. 

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