The Perth Mint of Australia has introduced a collectible silver coin celebrating the most recent incarnation of Doctor Who, the main character from a 50-year old entertainment franchise.
This new coin, titled the Doctor Who – Twelfth Doctor 2015 1/2 oz Silver Proof Coin, is struck from 99.9% pure silver and has a limited mintage of 4,000.
"Doctor Who is currently the longest running and most successful science fiction television series of all time," describes the Perth Mint. "Produced in Great Britain by the BBC, the program depicts the adventures of a time travelling, humanoid alien known as the Doctor. This coin set has been developed in collaboration between BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand and New Zealand Mint."
Since its debut in 1963, the science fiction series has seen twelve different people portray the Doctor. Included actors, in the order of their appearance, are William Hartnell (1963-1966), Patrick Troughton (1966-1969), Jon Pertwee (1970-1974), Tom Baker (1974-1981), Peter Davison (1981-1984), Colin Baker (1984-1986), Sylvester McCoy (1987-1996), Paul McGann (1996), Christopher Eccleston (2005), David Tennant (2005-2010), Matt Smith (2010-2013) and Peter Capaldi (2013-present).
Released by the Perth Mint in October 2013, the first eleven Doctors are portrayed individually in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary 1/2 oz Silver Proof Eleven-Coin Set.
Twelfth Doctor Coin Design and Specifications
The newest Doctor Who collectible coin showcases a colorful reverse depicting Peter Capaldi, the current actor who portrays the time-traveling hero. The Tardis, his time-travel device, appears beside him. A finely engraved border completes the image. Reverse inscriptions include DOCTOR WHO, TWELFTH DOCTOR and 2013-PRESENT.
Issued as legal tender under the Pacific isle of Niue, shown on the obverse is Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II with the inscriptions of ELIZABETH II, NIUE, ONE DOLLAR and 2015.
Specifications of Twelfth Doctor 1/2 Oz Silver Coin
|Silver Content (Troy oz)||0.5|
|Monetary Denomination (NIUE)||0.5|
|Fineness (% purity)||99.9|
|Minimum Gross Weight (g)||15.591|
|Maximum Diameter (mm)||36.60|
|Maximum Thickness (mm)||2.30|
Each collectible is struck under official license of BBC Australia & New Zealand and issued by the New Zealand Mint.
A classic blue presentation box with an embossed silver foiled Doctor Who logo is included with each purchase along with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
The Doctor Who – Twelfth Doctor 2015 1/2 oz Silver Proof Coin may be purchased directly from the Perth Mint of Australia at www.perthmint.com.au for AUS $63.64 or US $55.44. Here is an affiliate link to Perth Mint Doctor Who coins.
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Such an awful lot of money for a non-circulating coin produced solely for the collectors market. Couldn’t they achieve the same profits for the Niue people by making the coin more broadly available at a price everyday collectors could afford? $55.44 x 4000 coins = $221,760 gross revenue. $10 x 22,000 coins – $220,000 coins and maybe expands the market for Niue coins.Silver, cupro-nickel, whatever.
Love Dr. Who by the way!