‘The Hobbit': New Zealand releases Tolkien-themed currency, stamps

Oct. 10, 2012 | 5:58 p.m.
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This silver coin with gold plating features Bilbo Baggins (as portrayed by Martin Freeman). The coin retails for NZ$149. (New Zealand Post)

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These six gold coins -- NZ$889 for the set -- feature Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Thorin Oakenshield, Gollum, Radagast and Elrond. The coins' rims are inscribed with the words "Middle-earth" and "New Zealand" in both English and Dwarvish. (New Zealand Post)

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This gold-colored uncirculated coin displays a scene in the film when Bilbo Baggins is presented with a contract to take on the role as "burglar." The coin retails for NZ$29.90. (New Zealand Post)

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These gold-colored coins -- NZ$85 for the set -- feature Thorin Oakenshield, Gandalf and Radagast, and three of the 13 dwarves. (New Zealand Post)

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This gold coin, featuring Bilbo Baggins leaving Bag End, retails for NZ$3,695. The coin's rim is inscribed with the words "Middle-earth" and "New Zealand" in both English and Dwarvish. (New Zealand Post)

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This set of three gold coins -- NZ$10,995 -- feature Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and Thorin Oakenshield. The coins' rims are inscribed with the words "Middle-earth" and "New Zealand" in both English and Dwarvish. (New Zealand Post)

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New Zealand Post is also releasing gummed stamps -- NZ$14.40 for all six -- featuring Bilbo Baggins, Gollum, Gandalf, Thorin Oakenshield, Radagast and Elrond. (New Zealand Post)

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"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" character Bilbo Baggins is featured in a miniature stamp sheet. (New Zealand Post)

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"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" character Gandalf the Grey is featured in a miniature stamp sheet. (New Zealand Post)

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"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" character Gollum is featured in a miniature stamp sheet. (New Zealand Post)

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"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" character Wizard Radagast the Brown is featured in a miniature stamp sheet. (New Zealand Post)

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"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" character Dwarf king Thorin Oakenshield is featured in a miniature stamp sheet. (New Zealand Post)

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"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" character Elrond is featured in a miniature stamp sheet. (New Zealand Post)

Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey are getting their own coins as New Zealand puts its money where its movies are.

New Zealand Post, the country’s government-owned mail service, is minting coins and printing stamps featuring characters from Middle-earth to commemorate the upcoming film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”

The coins also feature the faces of dwarf king Thorin Oakenshield and three other dwarves, wizard Radagast the Brown, Lord of Rivendell Elrond and Gollum.

PHOTOS: Meet the 13 dwarves from ‘The Hobbit’

Though some of the collectible coins will be considered legal tender, the price range means the coins will probably be too … ahem … precious to see much circulation. The coins range from a NZ$1 coin retailing for NZ$29.90 (about $24. 43 in U.S. dollars) to a NZ$10 coin made from pure gold that costs NZ$3,695 (about $3,019.53).

New Zealand Post is also releasing six postage stamps featuring characters from the film, including Gandalf, Bilbo, Elrond, Radagast, Thorin Oakenshield and Gollum. Some of the coins also feature the words “Middle-earth – New Zealand” in both English and Dwarvish. (Flip through the gallery above for a closer look.)

The Tolkien-themed tender and stamps go on sale Nov. 1, less than two months before “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” hits the big screen. “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogies were both filmed in New Zealand, home to director Peter Jackson.

The first “Hobbit” film stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo and Richard Armitage as Thorin, as well as returning “Lord of the Rings” actors Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Andy Serkis as Gollum, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Christopher Lee as Saruman, and Elijah Wood as Frodo.

The film is due in theaters Dec. 14.

– Noelene Clark

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5 Responses to ‘The Hobbit': New Zealand releases Tolkien-themed currency, stamps

  1. That's seems to me very inspiring. I'm glad to see New Zealand government such come up and those new coins are looking very wonderful. I hope "The Hobbit" will bring good fortune to movie currency. Thanks.

  2. Sierr says:

    Omg fili and kili and thorin are so cute

  3. mirela says:

    This goes to show New Zealand's government is one of the coolest governments today!

  4. Ahan247 says:

    Kiwi is always Nice .with Love from Aussie

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