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[Media Release - OPM] COOK ISLANDS ISSUES NEW $3 PRINTED ON DE LA RUE’S SAFEGUARD® POLYMER

3 August 2021

Prime Minister Mark Brown is pleased to announce that a new Cook Islands $3 dollar note has been launched and will enter into circulation today.


The Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) issued the latest version of their iconic $3 dollar note as a result of the previous issue of $3 notes being depleted as they are in demand as collector’s items. The $3 dollar is the only note issued by the MFEM which circulates as legal tender with the New Zealand Dollar.


This note replaces the previous design which was first issued in 1987. The Cook Islands has transitioned to polymer to ensure our banknotes are cleaners, greener, and more durable.


These notes include enhanced security feature, including GEMINI ™ UV De La Rue is proud to have worked with the MFEM to design and manufacture this special banknote with its unique design that reflects the heritage and vision of the Cook Islands.

The Cook Islands $3 dollar is produced on De La Rue’s SAFEGUARD® Polymer and incorporates security features such as Gemini® where the vibrant Tangaroa and the numeral 3 that will be revealed under UV light.


Prime Minister Brown noted, “with our new $3.00 note, you will hold in your hands a unique piece of Cook Islands history. We are pleased to have our much sought-after $3 note re-imagined on De La Rue’s polymer substrate. The iconic image of Ina and the Shark has long been a part of Cook Islands folklore and legend, and I am delighted with the design of the new note. I also acknowledge the artwork of the late Rick Welland from which the image has been transposed from one of his original paintings”.


“This note will continue to be a collector’s item that visitors to the Cook Islands can take home to remind them of our country, and we want them to feel free to come back anytime to spend it here in the Cook Islands”.


ENDS: Any enquiries to press secretary Jaewynn McKay +682 55486