The Cook Islands issued its own coinage once more, after a gap of many years. Like the modern Australian and New Zealand sets, the series was smaller and lighter than before, and the 10 cents coin was its lowest denomination. Designs from the previous series were used, including the hermaphroditic god of creation Tangaroa, who clutches a pregnant belly. However, a superb new design for the new 5 dollar coin featured a vaka or catamaran, while the Southern Cross constellation dominates the night sky. The design was created by Aaron Baggio of the Royal Australian Mint.
10c. Oranges and leaf cluster.
20c. Pacific Triton seashells.
50c. Bonito fish.
$1. Tangaroa, Polynesian God of Creation.
$2. "Kumete", a mortar and pestle traditionally used to pound root foods such as arrowroot.
$5. Vaka - catamaran.
Common obverse: Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.