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NZ Mint Releases Doctor Who Monsters

NZ Mint Releases Doctor Who Monsters

Newest collectable coins in Doctor Who series available from Feb 2014

Doctor Who fans, keep your eyes open: The Daleks are on their way to Earth. But you won’t need the Time Lords to protect you from these alien visitors.

New Zealand Mint has released the newest coins in its popular Doctor Who series. A limited number of 5,000 Dalek collectable coins are now on sale on the NZ Mint web site, www.nzmint.com. They will be closely followed by the Weeping Angels, the Cybermen, the Silurians and the Sontarans.

The Daleks, the legendary villains of the celebrated television series, are the latest release in NZ Mint’s Doctor Who-themed coin series. It follows the success of NZ Mint’s Doctor Who 50thAnniversary Gold and Silver coins and the 11 Doctors set in 2013.

Produced in collaboration with BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand to celebrate the world’s longest running sci-fi TV show, the half-ounce silver coin is the legal tender of Niue and features an engraved image of the Doctor Who nemeses. It is set against a coloured background, within a finely engraved border.

New Zealand Mint Chief Executive, Simon Harding, encourages collectors to be quick if they want to get their hands on one of the limited edition coins.

“We have a significant number of pre-orders from Doctor Who fans the world over already, who were given a chance to vote for which Doctor Who Monsters were included in the coin series.”

Brigid Roberts, BBC Worldwide ANZ’s Senior Licensing Executive, Consumer Products, adds, “We’re thrilled that the iconic Doctor Who Monsters, who have played a key part in one of the most successful television series of all time, have been brought back to life in this way.”

The Daleks first appeared on Doctor Who in 1963 when the time travelling, humanoid alien known as the Doctor encountered the robot race on the radiation-soaked planet of Skaro, waging war with the peaceful Thals. Pursuing the Doctor across space and time, the Daleks invaded Earth, developed the Reality Bomb and tried to imprison the Doctor in the Pandorica. They fought the Time Lords in The Last Great Time War – a conflict so powerful and destructive that the universe was said to convulse.

The fearsome and merciless creatures featured regularly on the original Doctor Who from 1963 until 1989, and returned when the show was revived in 2005.

For more information, please visit www.nzmint.com

About New Zealand Mint
New Zealand Mint has been minting legal tender commemorative coins, gold bullion and medallions for more than four decades. As New Zealand's only precious metal mint and one of the first world mints to adopt the .9999 standard for gold coin purity, New Zealand Mint prides itself on high quality design and production work. In 2009, New Zealand Mint opened the Bullion Exchange, the first of its kind in New Zealand which offers a comprehensive service for buying and selling gold and silver bullion as well as on-site insured storage. Leading the way with innovative, coloured, silver and gold commemorative coins, New Zealand Mint is known globally for quality and design excellence. New Zealand Mint also produces several ranges of jewellery that cater to many tastes and styles, including the Boh Runga and Trelise Cooper for New Zealand Mint collections.

About BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand
Australia & New Zealand is a priority territory for BBC Worldwide, focusing on growth across all its core businesses. In 2011/12, BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand (ANZ) increased revenue by 9% on the previous year, generating AUS$140m. Based in Macquarie Park, Sydney, BBC Worldwide ANZ wholly owns five channels; UKTV, BBC Knowledge and CBeebies in Australia; UKTV and BBC Knowledge in New Zealand; and is responsible for the distribution and promotion of BBC World News which transmits in both countries. It has announced that it will launch a new premium BBC channel showcasing premiere drama and comedy on the Foxtel platform in August 2014. BBC Worldwide ANZ distributes great British content from the BBC and other producers to all free-to-air and most subscription channels in Australia and New Zealand. It works with partners to bring BBC Worldwide DVDs, magazines, digital apps, innovative products and live events to the local market, as well as offering advertising opportunities for the BBC’s world-renowned bbc.com news site and lonelyplanet.com. Australia is the most successful territory for the global BBC iPlayer.

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