[21 days to go before we leave] When Mark and I visited Rarotonga 10 years ago, this was one of the coins used in the Cook Islands. The figure on the coin is Tangaroa, the squat, well-endowed god of fertility and the sea, who can be found all over the islands, usually in the form of wood carvings. On the flip side of the coin is a handsome image of Queen Elizabeth. Reportedly, the Queen wasn't pleased to share a coin with the likes of a naked Tangaroa. In recent years, the Cook Islands have switched over to New Zealand currency and the coin has become a collectors' item. -- Carla
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