New Zealand Post “The Hobbit” Coins

The New Zealand Post will be issuing gold, silver, and base metal coins featuring characters from The Hobbit films. The upcoming coins celebrate the first film within the trilogy entitled, An Unexpected Journey.

The Hobbit coins have received considerable mainstream media attention since their designs were announced earlier this month. The array of products covers a wide range of pricing points from a low of $29.90 for a single base metal coin to a high of $10,995.00 for a set of three one ounce gold coins.

The New Zealand Post has worldwide exclusive rights to issue legal tender commemorative coins for The Hobbit trilogy. All coins are legal tender within New Zealand, stuck by the Royal Australian Mint, and accompanied by an individually numbered certificate.

The obverse of each coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. The reverse of all coins include the inscription “Middle Earth New Zealand” in both English and Dwarvish. Following is a look at the reverse designs for the coins.

An individual one ounce .9999 fine gold coin features Bilbo Baggins leaving Bag End. The coin is struck to proof quality with a diameter of 38.94 mm and limited mintage of 1,000 pieces. Coins are accompanied by a numbered certificate. Pricing is $3,695.00.

A set of three one ounce .9999 fine proof gold coins feature Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and Thorin Oakenshield. The worldwide mintage limit for the set is 250. Pricing is $10,995.00.

A silver proof coin features the same design as the first gold coin. The coins are struck from 1 troy ounce of .999 fine silver with selective gold plating. The diameter of each coin is 40 mm. A worldwide mintage limit of 20,000 coins is established and pricing is $149.00 per coin.

A set of six one ounce silver proof coins is also offered. These feature Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Thorin Oakenshield, Gollum, Radagast and Elrond. There is a worldwide mintage limit of 1,000 sets. The price for a set is $889.00.

An individual Aluminum/Zinc/Bronze coin features Bilbo Baggins with the contract. Struck with a brilliant uncirculated finish, the coins have a weight of 20 grams and diameter of 39 mm. Priced at $29.90, there is an unlimited mintage.

Last, there is a three coin set of Aluminum/Zinc/Bronze coins featuring Thorin Oakenshield, Gandalf and Radagast, and three of the thirteen Dwarves. Also with an unlimited mintage, the sets are priced at $85.00.

The New Zealand Post is currently accepting pre-orders for the coins. They will officially go on sale November 1, 2012 and will begin shipping in mid-November. Orders can be placed online at

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  1. Schalk says

    Michael, thank you for posting the “Hobbit” coins article. As I stated to Zia, in your previous posting, these coins are dependent on the success of the “Hobbit” movies, the first one, “An unexpected journey”, will be released in the United States on November 9, 2012. These Tolkien movies, directed by Peter Jackson (famous director of “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy) have been shot in New Zealand and are issued as official New Zealand currency.

    Depending on the release of the first movie’s success “An unexpected journey”, it is quite possible that the successive releases of these movies will cause this first release of the coins, intended for the first movie “An unexpected journey” (to be released in the US on November 9), to become highly sought after. Expect to see more releases in future in tandem with the releases of the movies. I see the 6-coin silver set as the “best investment” of them all.

  2. Samuel says

    off topic, bought some MS 70 dragon coins, 70% of the coins have white spots or stains on them. the graders do not care about white spots?

  3. T1 browserman says

    off topic

    Does WMNB know who the authorized dealers are for London Olympic coins which are not available in United States, i.e. the London Silver Olympic Kilo coin?

  4. Michael Zielinski says

    Here are some more numbers that I found:

    For more information about the kilogram coins, write to the Royal Mint, FREEPOST, NAT23496, P.O. Box 500, Llantrisant, Pontyclun CF72 8YT, visit the Royal Mint website at, or telephone the Royal Mint Customer Services Team toll free at 866-519-7298 in the United States or at 866-924-0861 in Canada.

  5. T1 browserman says

    TY Schalk

    The I.O.C. placed a hold on all Olympic bullion numismatics from US online buyers. They wished that the low mintages could be spread throughout the realm without a monopoly.

    I was hoping there was a way to bypass the RM and knew I would have to deal with a firm within the UK. I’m not sure they will discount the Olympic Kilo which sells within the UK from the RM @ 3000 pounds.

    I sent RM an email regarding who the authorized dealers were in the U.S. days ago with no reply. Top Secret !

    Now to weather this Sandy Storm….

  6. Frankie says

    Off topic, but Gainesville just listed the Shark coin – $118.39 (credit card) + postage… Hardly worth it considering sales on fleabay have been sluggish. A 5k mintage will mean that you’ll get it for similar prices as the previous releases (turtle, swordfish, alligator) eventually.

  7. Michael Zielinski says

    I will try to put something together. I have been preparing for the hurricane…electricity has been flickering…

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