Doctor Who? It’s minted!
The New Zealand Mint will be offering a Who-themed legal tender coin, as well as a series of collectible coins as a celebration of Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary. They are going to produce a one-ounce silver .999 coin which features an engraved picture of the TARDIS, as well as a 50th Anniversary logo. The coin will come packaged in a 3D model replica of the TARDIS, which opens with the TARDIS “vwarp vwarp” sound. The coins themselves are legal tender for $2 in the South Pacific Island nation Niue!
Later in the year New Zealand Mint will also release collectible coins featuring all 11 Doctors, from the first Doctor played by William Hartnell, to the current incarnation – Matt Smith. Further Doctor Who coin releases are also planned for 2014 and 2015.
Simon Harding, the NZ Mint CEO, told SFcrowsnest, “I grew up watching Doctor Who as a child in New Zealand which, coincidentally, was the first country outside the UK to screen the show. It’s a great honour to now be asked to produce these coins to celebrate the 50th anniversary. Fans are going to really like what we’ve come up with.”
The coins will officially launch at the World Money Fair in Berlin on 1st February 2013 and will be available via www.newzealandmint.com from 24th Jan this year.