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 http://coins.nzpost.co.nz/new-zealand/2012/hobbit-unexpected-journey