Ranginui (the sky father) and Papatūānuku (the earth mother), the primordial parents, held each other in a tight embrace and bore many sons. One of them, Tāne - the god of the forest – separated his parents, creating the world of light. Rangi and Papa were heartbroken when they parted and Rangi shed many tears. The older brothers, infuriated by the endless rain and sadness, decided to turn their mother, Papa, away from her love. Rūaumoko was at his mother’s breast, thus was carried to the underworld. To this day, Rūaumoko still moves under the earth, creating earthquakes and volcanoes.
Minted from an ounce of 99.9% pure silver, this official New Zealand collector coin features a detailed illustration of Rūaumoko under a volcano. David Hakaraia’s stunning artwork is highlighted with delicate gold plating. The effigy of Her Majesty the late Queen Elizabeth II features on the obverse.