Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Set Features 11 Silver Coins

October 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Celebrations continue for the semi-centennial of Doctor Who as the Perth Mint of Australia marks its five decades with the 2013 Doctor Who 50th Anniversary 1/2oz Silver Proof Eleven-Coin Set.

2013 Doctor Who 50th Anniversary 2013 Silver Proof Eleven-Coin Set

Images of the 11 silver coins within the Perth Mint’s 2013 Doctor Who 50th Anniversary 1/2oz Silver Proof Eleven-Coin Set

This anniversary set of silver coins, which is currently the Mint’s best-seller, is available for AUS $635.45, or US $615.24 — pricing can change based in the silver market. Its mintage is extremely limited with 3,000 to be issued worldwide.

Of note, a 2013 Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Silver Proof Coin was also issued by the Perth Mint. It debuted in June and quickly sold out with a mintage of 10,000.

"Produced by the BBC, Doctor Who is the world’s longest running sci-fi program having captivated audiences of all ages since 1963," describes the Perth Mint.

"Since its debut, the program has featured the adventures of a time travelling, humanoid alien known as the Doctor as he explores the universe in the TARDIS, his indestructible time machine that is bigger in the inside than the outside."

Throughout the fifty year history of the show, the main character of Doctor Who has been played by eleven different individuals. This is explained by the lore of the program as "Regeneration." Under the phenomenon, the Doctor undergoes a transformation resulting in a new physical form with a different personality.

Regeneration is the theme of the new set of 1/2 ounce silver coins. A different coin is included for each of the actors who portrayed the time traveling humanoid. The actors are depicted in color on reverses of the strikes.

Anniversary Set – Silver Coin Designs and Specifications

On reverses of the eleven coins are color images of the honored actors, along with the years of their appearances. They include:

  • William Hartnell, 1963 until 1966
  • Patrick Troughton, 1966 until 1969
  • Jon Pertwee, 1970-1974
  • Tom Baker, 1974 until 1981
  • Peter Davison, 1981 until 1984
  • Colin Baker, 1984 to 1986
  • Sylvester McCoy, 1987 until 1996
  • Paul McGann, 1996
  • Christopher Eccleston, 2005
  • David Tennant, 2005 until 2010
  • Matt Smith, 2010-present

Peter Capaldi, not depicted on any of these silver coins, will replace Matt Smith as Doctor Who in a 2013 Christmas special of the show.

Here is a table offering specifications for each of the coins:

Specifications of Doctor Who 50th Anniversary 1/2 Oz Silver Coins

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
Maximum Mintage 4,000


Packaging includes a special presentation case in the shape of the Doctor’s fob watch. The case opens for display and includes a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

Fob Watch Presentation Packaging and Shipper for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Set

“Fob Watch” Presentation Packaging and Shipper for the 11 silver coins of the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Set

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary 2013 1/2 oz Silver Proof Eleven-Coin Sets are available directly from The Perth Mint website (, with an affiliate link to it following:

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Each coin in the anniversary set is struck by the Perth Mint as legal tender of the South Pacific island nation of Niue. Anniversary sets are released under official license of BBC Australia & New Zealand and issued on behalf of the New Zealand Mint.

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