‘Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ characters featured on stamps, coins

Oct. 23, 2013 | 2:18 p.m.
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Characters from Middle-earth are featured on new stamps celebrating the release of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (New Zealand Post)

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The dragon Smaug is featured on a coin celebrating the release of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (New Zealand Post)

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Hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) is featured on a stamp celebrating the release of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (New Zealand Post)

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Elf warrior Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) is featured on a stamp celebrating the release of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (New Zealand Post)

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Wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) is featured on a stamp celebrating the release of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (New Zealand Post)

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Legolas (Orlando Bloom) is featured on a stamp celebrating the release of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (New Zealand Post)

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Dwarf king Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) is featured on a stamp celebrating the release of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (New Zealand Post)

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Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans) is featured on a stamp celebrating the release of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (New Zealand Post)

J.R.R. Tolkien’s dragon Smaug is getting his own coin as New Zealand prepares for the release of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” less than two months away.

New Zealand Post, the country’s government-owned mail service, is also minting coins featuring Bilbo Baggins, Thranduil, Azog and the dwarfs and printing another round of Hobbit-themed stamps in time for the second installment in Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” trilogy.

The new Tolkien-themed tender and stamps come after the success of last year’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” commemorative stamps and coins featuring characters from Middle-earth.

“We had orders from Kazakhstan, Iceland, Libya, Bolivia and the Canary Islands,” said Simon Allison, the Post’s head of stamps and collectibles, in a news release, noting that the mail service processed orders from 88 countries, with the biggest demands coming from New Zealand, Australia, the U.K. and the United States.

This year’s stamps pay tribute to several characters who weren’t in the first film, including elf warrior Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly), Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans) and “The Lord of the Rings” alumnus Legolas (Orlando Bloom). Hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) and dwarf king Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), who appeared on last year’s stamps, are also featured. Click through the gallery above for a peek at the new stamps.

The stamps and coins go on sale Nov. 1 but are available for pre-order online at the New Zealand Post’s website, with prices for the coin and stamp sets ranging from NZ$11.40 (about $9.55 USD) for a six-stamp set to NZ$9,995 (about $8,375.81 USD) for a set of three gold coins featuring Azog, Thranduil and Bilbo Baggins.

Like its predecessor, “The Desolation of Smaug” was shot in 3-D at 48 frames per second and will be released in 2-D, High Frame Rate 3-D, other 3-D formats and IMAX. The film is due out Dec. 13.

The third and final film in the trilogy, ‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” is slated for a December 2014 release.

— Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+

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One Response to ‘Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ characters featured on stamps, coins

  1. @photgeorge1 says:

    WHERE'S the stamp for Smaug?

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