CAYMAN ISLANDS 10 dollars 1982 Year of the Child


CAYMAN ISLANDS, 5 dollars, 1975, silver, 1.0557 ozT, KM8, proof

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Funny thing about the International Year of the Child coins: they have all these different dates.

Cayman Islands pegs its currency high against the US dollar, so the coins are theoretically worth significant money if you can get them to the bank on the island.

The islands were apparently uninhabited before Columbus. It became a refuge for criminals and people who wanted to get away from governments. The British took formal control in 1670 and have kept them since. It is now a major tax haven.

The North America category: the big three, the Central American nations, and a bunch of island nations and other political entities in the Caribbean Sea. Greenland we’re putting with Europe. By that criterion we should put Martinique and Aruba with Europe too, but we’re not. I’m not even sure why. Doesn’t matter anyway. Almost all of you are searching for modern coins by country, not by region.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here, generally, the round, flat, shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern,” though, varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies, and then they switched over to “modern coins,” then they went toward paper money, now we’re all going toward digital, a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins, to which the KM numbers refer.