This beautiful 25 cent Cayman Islands Sailboat Schooner used coin is mounted in a 14 kt gold filled handmade bezel. The corrugated decorative bail is 14 kt gold filled. A special gold filled bezel wire is used to make this handmade bezel; the outside wire is rounded while the inside of the wire is grooved so that the coin fits inside the bezel. Once the bezel wire is cut, the two ends are filed then soldered together using hard gold solder, then polished. The coin then is placed within the bezel. The top of the bezel is then shaped into a loop to accommodate a gold filled bail.
The mounted coin is 24.26 mm (0.96 inch) in diameter. The pendant from bail to bottom is 28 mm (1.1 inch). The 14 kt gold filled chain is made of oval links that are 2mm wide and 19 inches in length with a 14kt gold filled lobster claw clasp.
The first Cayman Islands currency was issued in 1971. There were four denominations of paper currency (the $25, $10, $5 and $1 banknotes) and four coins in 25¢, 10¢, 5¢ and 1¢ denominations.
The first circulating Cayman Island coins were issued in 1972. Up until 1977 the coins were minted by the British Royal Mint. Circulating coins dated between 1977 and 1984 were minted by the Franklin Mint, U.S.A. Coins dated from 1986 to the most recent have been minted at the British Royal Mint.
The Cayman Islands, consisting of three islands, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman were first discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1503. Christopher Columbus sighted the Cayman Islands on May 10, 1503 and named them Las Tortugas after the numerous sea turtles seen swimming in the surrounding waters. It was the Islands' ample supply of turtle; however, that made them a popular calling place for ships sailing the Caribbean and in need of meat for their crews.
* Used Cayman Islands 25 Cent coin
* Mint Year: 1999
* Denomination: 25 cent
* Obverse: A Two Masted Cayman Schooner sailing right under full sail.
* Reverse: 4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, initials 'IRB' below neckline, lettering
CAYMAN ISLANDS ELIZABETH II 1999
* Diameter: 24.26 mm (0.96 inch)
* Thickness: 1.61 mm (0.063 inch)
* Weight (Since 1992): 5.10 grams
* Composition: Nickel Plated Steel
* Engraver: Ian Rank-Broadley (obverse) and Stuart Devlin (reverse)
* Pendant from top of bail to bottom, 28mm (1.1 inch)
* 14 kt gold fill bezel and bail.
* 14 kt gold filled necklace oval link chain, 19 inch, adjustable to 18 inch.