Long running is a bit of an understatement when it comes to Doctor Who. It’s rare enough for a television program to last for fifty years, but a science fiction series is lucky to last five, so Doctor Who has certainly bucked the odds on that score. The fact that it’s still hugely popular today, and shows no sign of slowing down, is quite an achievement. The NZ Mint has been releasing Who coins since the 50th anniversary back in 2013 and continues to do so, although on a much reduced one-per-year basis.
This years coin was only ever going to commemorate one thing – the first female Doctor Who, and a coloured image of Jodie Whittaker in costume takes pride of place at the front. The producers have stated that this iteration of Who will be a more ensemble piece, and that’s reflected in the coin with the traditional companions also appearing at a fair size. In the centre is the new TARDIS. We originally thought the mint had made a mess of the colour, but it is correct for this version of the Doctor’s machine.
A good companion piece to last years Twelfth Doctor coin, the neat and clever packaging also continues this year, and it contains a serialised certificate of authenticity. The coin specification is pretty standard from one of the Antipodean mints. A one-ounce, fine-silver coin with colouring on the reverse, is common enough, but also a format that seems to have the broadest appeal. That’s important with a theme like this, as the coin will need to be attractive to more than just the traditional coin collector. Available now for $80.00 USD, it’s available from quite a few of our advertisers. The mintage is 10,000.