On the bottom of the reverse, the inscription: "TEMPORA MUTANTUR, NOS ET MUTAMUR IN ILLIS" - a Latin adage meaning times changes. The obverse of the coin depicts Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II inside a watch mechanism, and the inscription: "ELIZABETH II" - the name of the Queen, "5 DOLLARS" - the face value and "COOK ISLANDS" - the issue country. A time capsule is a historic cache of goods or information, usually intended as a method of communication with future people and to help future archaeologists, anthropologists or historians. Time capsules are sometimes created and buried during celebrations such as a World's fair, a cornerstone laying for a building or at other events. An early example of the use of a time capsule was the Detroit Century Box.
The brainchild of Detroit mayor William C. Maybury, it was created on December 31, 1900, and scheduled to be opened 100 years later. It was filled with photographs and letters from 56 prominent residents describing life in 1900 and making predictions for the future, and included a letter by Maybury addressed to the mayor of Detroit in 2000.
The capsule was opened by city officials on December 31, 2000, in a ceremony presided over by mayor Dennis Archer. Ot Sd Wdn Cpd dwn.