CIT’s Circles of Life

The coin is CIT’s tribute to the cycle of life.
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CIT has dedicated a commemorative coin to the interconnectedness and eternal cycle of all life on Earth, including humans and trees. The coin was minted in the B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt in Munich.

Cook Islands / 5 Dollars / Silver .999 / 1 oz / 45 mm / Mintage: 2022.


One side depicts a circle composed of the growth rings of a tree and the human fingerprint. On the motif, the inscription Circles of Life, below the year.

The other side features the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley (initials: IRB); around it the name of the ruler, the issuing nation and the denomination.


Every year, a tree forms a new growth ring, which – depending on whether it was a good or a bad year – is wide or narrow. Every tree that grows under the same conditions creates similar rings, which is why the pattern of all trees that grew up under the same conditions are similar.

Every human being has their own fingerprint. No matter what happens, no matter whether the person experienced good or bad times, their fingerprint will remain unique and the same throughout their entire life.

And yet, humans and trees, individuals and environmental conditions are inseparably linked to each other. They are part of nature, united in the infinite circle of life.

CIT captured this idea in a unique coin motif, on which the growth rings of a tree are combined with a human fingerprint. Working out the fine frosted structures from the high-lustre surface of the proof coin required utmost precision during the minting process.

Anyone who teaches their children that a good life may consist of planting a tree, building a house and raising a child will immediately grasp the message of this issue.


For more information on the coin, visit CIT’s website.

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