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5 Cayman Islands Dollar Front


5 Cayman Islands Dollar the front is  Elizabeth II, turtles
5 Cayman Islands Dollar the front is Elizabeth II, turtles

$5 banknote. Main colours: Dark green with olive green and bright green

Hawksbill turtles; map of the Cayman Islands; Coat of arms of the Cayman Islands; Queen Elizabeth II

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.

5 Cayman Islands Dollar Back


5 Cayman Islands Dollar the back is Cayman parrots
5 Cayman Islands Dollar the back is Cayman parrots

The serial number – This is different for each banknote.

Metallic window security thread – This is a silver band, imprinted with the acronym ‘CIMA’, weaving in and out from top to bottom on the front of the $1, $5 and $10 banknote.

Holographic stripe – This is a feature on the front of the higher denominations ($25, $50, $100). It appears as a shimmery band running from the top of the note to the bottom. The band is imprinted with images including the Cayman Islands crest and the number 25, 50 or 100, depending on the denomination. When the note is tilted, one image appears to move in the background.

Other features become clearly visible when the banknotes are held up to the light or are tilted. These include:

The turtle watermark – the outline of a turtle is visible on each denomination when the note is held up.

The ‘CIMA’ Electrotype - similar to the watermark, the acronym ‘CIMA’ becomes visible when the note is held to the light. On the lower three denominations ($1, $5, and $10), ‘CIMA’ appears horizontally, above the turtle, while on the top three denominations ($25, $50, and $100) ‘CIMA’ appears vertically, in front of the turtle.

Embedded thread – This threat appears on the upper three denominations as a solid line when the note is when held up to the light.

See-through images – On both the front and back of each note is an outline of an image that is partially filled-in. When the note is held up, the complete image becomes visible. Each denomination has its own see-through image.

Iridescent band – This band runs from top to bottom on the front of the lower three denominations only. It becomes visible when the note is tilted.

Latent image, and mask – A dark horizontal band is present in the lower right section of each note, above the serial number. The denomination appears within this band when the note is viewed at a shallow angle in the light. For example, ‘$25’ would appear on the $25 note. Similarly, the denomination appears within the dark, lace-patterned circle when the banknote is held up to the light.

Each denomination has a unique ultraviolet reactive image known as the ‘Gemini’. In the natural light, the Gemini is seen as an outline of an object on the back of each note, near the top left-hand corner. However, when the note is placed under ultraviolet light a second colour appears.

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