We’ve just heard that New Zealand – the second country in the world to air Doctor Who back in 1964 – will be issuing legal tender, collectible coins to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary!
In a collaboration with BBC Worldwide Australasia, the New Zealand Mint’s collectible coin is a one-ounce silver .999 coin which features an engraved picture of the TARDIS, as well as a unique 50th Anniversary logo.
Packaged in a 3D model replica of the TARDIS, owners will be greeted with the familiar “vworp” noise when opened. The coins themselves are issued by New Zealand Mint as legal tender, under the authority of the South Pacific Island nation Niue, making them a must-have item for fans to collect.
Further coins will follow, featuring all eleven Doctors, from the First Doctor played by William Hartnell, to the current incarnation – Matt Smith. New Zealand Mint is also planning further Doctor Who coin releases for 2014 and 2015!
Rachael Hammond is BBC Worldwide’s Senior Licensing Executive, Consumer Products:
We are thrilled to be partnering with New Zealand Mint on this global deal. It is an historic year for the Doctor Who brand, and we are pleased to be able to bring this unique product to Doctor Who fans and coin collectors alike.
Said Simon Harding, NZ Mint Chief Executive:
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.
Official launch of the coins will take place at the World Money Fair in Berlin on February 1st and they are available for pre-order at the New Zealand Mint website www.newzealandmint.com from today. Selected international coin distributors may also supply these special commemorative currencies.