Cayman Islands, 1 cent, 1982

Today’s coin is tiny, smaller than a dime:

Cayman Islands, 1 cent, 1982 (KM #1)

The Cayman Islands split from Jamaica in 1962, but shared the Jamaican currency until 1972. The Cayman Island dollar is the ninth-most valuable currency in the world, and the highest valued “dollar” currency.

This little coin is worth 1.2 cents USD, meaning the Cayman Islands Dollar is one of the few currencies of the western hemisphere that is worth more than the US dollar. The mintage of this coin is unreported. The 1 cent coin switched from bronze to copper-plated steel in 1992.

The bird depicted on the reverse is the Grand Cayman Thrush, which has been extinct since the 1930s. One of the main contributors to its demise is habitat destruction by hurricanes.

Metal Bronze
Diameter 17 mm
Engravers Arnold Machin (obverse)
Stuart Devlin (reverse)
Shape Round


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