TT PK 0003a 1987 COOK ISLANDS 3 DOLLARS "GOD TE-RONGO" "INA & SHARK" PCGS 68 PPQ
1987 3 Dollars from Cook Islands. Government of the Cook Islands. Pick 3a and serial number AAA000417. Graded 68 PPQ (Premium Paper Quality) Superb Gem New by PCGS. Finest known according to PMG Pop Report. This is a must have high grade note that shows us a majestic plethora of colors and intriguing design. For Cook Island note we always have a good story to tell. Hard to improve on this perfect banknote. Deep green, blue, and black on multicolored underprint. Fishing canoe and statue of the god Te-Rongo on back. The wood carvers of the island of Rarotonga, one of the Cook Islands, have a distinctive style and is a typical example of the so-called 'fisherman's god'. The missionary John Williams observed these figures in use during his stay in Rarotonga, that they were to be seen mounted at the front of every fishing canoe. Offerings of food and flowers were made to the god before a fishing expedition. Fish are an important part of the diet of the Cook Islanders, and fishermen are highly skilled. The Cook Islands has its share of legends, myths, and folklore. One famous legend that of Ina and the shark is so popular, it was put on the face of bank notes. There are many versions of this legend. Ina was the love of Tinirau, the god of the ocean who lived on a floating island. One day Ina jumped into the sea in search of Tinirau, but since the sea was so big, she was continually tossed back to shore by its gigantic waves. She enlisted in some fish to help her swim, but they were too small to carry her, so in her frustration, she beat them with a stick, permanently marking their bodies. This is how the angelfish got their black stripes. Eventually a shark agreed to carry her on his back.For the journey she took some coconuts with her, for food and drink. After some time, Ina became thirsty, so the shark raised his dorsal fin so that she could crack a coconut and partake of its milk. Reeling from the pain, the shark tossed Ina off his back dived below the waters, leaving her to flounder in the sea. Finally Tekea the Great, the king of all shards rose from the bottom of the sea and rescued Ina, He then carried her to Tinirau's island where they were finally reunited.
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