Doctor Who: New Zealand Mint aims to cash in on 50th anniversary with commemorative Tardis coin

A solid silver NZ$2 coin in a presentation Tardis box is the first of a number of merchandising opportunities for the Mint

Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary year is an exciting time for fans of the show – and equally so for those with merchandising opportunities in mind.


Trading on the fact that New Zealand was “the first country outside the UK to screen the show”, the national Mint has produced a commemorative solid silver coin – worth NZ$2 as legal tender but priced at NZ$155 – featuring the Tardis on one side and Her Majesty the Queen on the other.

The coin comes in a presentation replica blue police box, which makes the iconic Tardis sound when opened, and is officially licensed by BBC Worldwide, the corporation’s commercial arm.

The coin officially launches on 1 February at the Berlin World Money Fair, but if for some reason you’re not able to make it there (perhaps you’ve already committed to another money fair) you can pre-order it at


Like what you see? Later in the year, New Zealand Mint will be releasing 11 collectable coins, each featuring – yep, you guessed it – one of the Time Lord’s 11 incarnations. At least with a set, you won’t spend them all at once…