The Vivat Humanitas Series for the islands of Tokelau features symbols of humanity from around the world. These symbols come from four different cultures around the world and feature writing, humans, Earth, and the soul. There is a great focus on writing in this first release as it is the ability to communicate in written forms that makes humanity different than any other.
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is
an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty,
the ocean does not become dirty.”
– Mahatma Ghandi
Vivat Humanitas series point out the idea of humanity that keeps on advancing and delivers impressive achievements despite all conflicts and differences.
Script and writing systems have evolved in different human civilisations. Communication in written form is one of major milestones in human development which has made humanity unique.
Queen Elizabeth II is featured on the obverse side of the 2020 1 oz Tokelau Vivat Humanitas Silver Coins. This right-profile bust of Elizabeth II was created in 1998 by Ian Rank-Broadley for the Royal Mint of England and used broadly throughout the Commonwealth over more than two decades. This depiction of Her Majesty featured on British coins from 1998 to 2015, Australian coins from 1999 to 2018, and still features on the coins of New Zealand, Niue, the Cook Islands, and Tokelau.
You will find four important symbols of humanity and human civilizations on the reverse of 2020 Tokelau Vivat Humanitas Silver Coins. These symbols include ki, or Earth, from the Sumerian Cuneiform. The inscription of Vivat Humanitas is also on this side and is Latin for long live humanity.