“Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures, from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope.” “But, Dad, don’t we eat the antelope?” “Yes, Simba, but let me explain. When we die, our bodies become the grass, and the antelope eat the grass. And so, we are all connected in the great Circle of Life.” – Mufasa & Simba, credit: Disney’s Lion King.
In the 90s, Disney explained the eternal cycle in a refreshingly simple and accessible way. Essentially, it is nature’s way of taking and giving back life to earth, meaning if something dies it gives new life to another.
The combination of a human fingerprint with the annual rings of a tree on this beautiful silver proof coin is an attempt to symbolise the balance and respect between man and nature.
These beautiful fine silver coins are issued as legal tender by Cook Islands.