The New Zealand Mint were amazed when a Limited Edition Doctor Who Silver Coin, issued in collaboration with BBC Worldwide to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the legendary TV show, created a bidding frenzy!
The Mint had put the coin on eBay as part of a charity auction and when the auction ended the winning bid was an incredible 15 times more than its face value! It just shows how popular Doctor Who memorabilia, particularly coins, is with collectors all over the world.
However, it’s not just on eBay where collectors have been fighting to add a Dr Who Commemorative coin to their collection. Within just four weeks of general release the Mint had sold more than half of the Doctor Who Silver Coin’s 10,000 edition limit. And now, just three weeks after the fantastic ‘Day of the Doctor’ 50th Anniversary episode was aired it is unlikely that the Mint have any left at all.
A Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Gold coin follows the success of the Silver coin, and with a mintage of just 250 worldwide this one will not be available for long either.
The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Silver coin.
Features the TARDIS in engraved relief on the reverse with coloured element. Comes in a special TARDIS presentation box complete with sound effects. Now sold out.
The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary 1oz Gold Coin
Features the TARDIS depicted in engraved relief on the reverse and presented in a deluxe wooden box. Now sold out.
The Royal Mail has today issued a new set of 1st class stamps to mark this year’s 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. The stamps feature each of the eleven actors who have played the lead role in the world’s longest-running science fiction series over the last five decades.
The time-travelling adventures of the Time Lord in his Tardis battling against his arch-enemies like the Daleks and Cybermen have entertained generations of families, and been a regular part of Saturday teatime TV since its first broadcast on 23rd November 1963.
William Hartnell played the first ever Doctor back then. With no colour TV, his stamp, like those first ever episodes, is in black and white. The same goes for his successor, Patrick Troughton. It wasn’t until Jon Pertwee in 1970 that the popular TV show was first broadcast in glorious colour.
Bringing the set right up to date is current Doctor, Matt Smith. With his distinctive tweed jacket and bow tie, he is the youngest actor ever to play the famous Time Lord, taking over from David Tennant in 2010 at the age of just 28.
The fourth incarnation, Tom Baker is the longest-serving Doctor to date, having starred in more episodes than anyone else between 1974 to 1981. This could in part explain why for many of us, he remains the archetypal Doctor with his uncontrollable curly hair, frock coat and unusually long scarf!