Niue is far removed from the world inhabited by the science fiction
television show Doctor Who, but a new Proof silver dollar coin
unites the two universes.
The New Zealand Mint on May 6 issued the fourth coin in a series of
five depicting the monsters that battle with Doctor Who. The coins are part of a large
celebration of the show’s 50th anniversary. The show was produced by
and aired on British Broadcasting Corp. from 1963 to 1989, before
being brought back to the small screen in 2005.
The Silurians, an advanced race of reptilian humanoids, appear on
this new coin.
Doctor Who is currently the longest running and most successful
science fiction television series of all time. The program follows the
adventures of the last of the Time Lords – the Doctor.
The Doctor has encountered three tribes of Silurians whose
hibernation was disturbed by human activity. In the show, Silurians
were the dominant life-form on Earth before the evolution of humanity.
When a large object appeared in the sky, some of the Silurians
retreated underground while the others escaped Earth in an ark. The
object approaching Earth became the Moon. Humans and Silurians have
had a number of encounters since.
The new coins contain a half-ounce of pure (.999 fine) silver and
measure 32.6 millimeters in diameter. They were struck by the Perth
Mint for the New Zealand Mint, which coordinated the licensing and the
issuance of the coins.
The Silurians coin joins three others already released, honoring the
Daleks (here and here), Weeping Angels (here and here) and the Cybermen (here and here). The final coin, showing the Sontarans, is
due in June.
All five of the coins have mintage limits of 5,000 pieces, and are
being offered by the Perth Mint and the New Zealand Mint. In addition
to the new coin, all previous releases remain available.
The New Zealand Mint offers the coins at $70 New
Zealand, with a conversion to U.S. dollars made at the time of
purchase (at publication time, $60.55 U.S.).
The Perth Mint offers the coins for a fixed
price of $63.58 U.S. each.
Shipping is an additional cost
with either mint.