New Zealand known as “Home of Middle-earth” Commemorates The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with Coins and Stamps

Since the release of The Lord of The Rings in 2001, New Zealand has been known as “Home of Middle-earth,” and is excited for another leading role in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey premiering in the capital city of Wellington on November 28th.

J.R.R. Tolkien didn’t mention what currency if any was used in Middle Earth but if he did The New Zealand Post is certain Gandalf the Grey and Bilbo Baggins would’ve been featured on it. These characters are very important to New Zealand as the exposure the country gains by the books and movies naturally spikes tourist interest. Which is why they’ve created actual legal tender as well as stamps to commemorate the movie.

These collector items are available to pre-order now and in addition to Bilbo and Gandalf other characters such as wizard Radagast the Brown, dwarf king Thorin Oakenshield, Lord of Rivendell Elrond and Gollum will be featured on the coins. Coins range in denomination from a NZ$1 to a NZ$10 and retail from NZ$29.90 to NZ$3,695 for a premiere gold coin set.

So,  My Precious, My Precious clear off a shelf and make room for your new Hobbit collection with plenty of time to admire before the movie is in theaters, December 14th.

New Zealand Post