New Zealand is home to Middle-earth once again, with the release of the first of three films based on 'The Hobbit'. To mark this moment in cinematic history, New Zealand Post is issuing official stamps as well as the only official legal tender commemorative coins from Middle-earth.


First Day Cover

The first day cover with gummed stamps is a unique collectable that marks the first day of issue of this special stamp issue.

Highlights

  • Includes the six gummed stamps of Bilbo Baggins, Gollum, Gandalf, Thorin Oakenshield, Radagast and Elrond
  • Features imagery of the party travelling on their journey
  • The special datestamp features The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey official logo
Date of issue: 1 November 2012
Number of stamps: Six gummed stamps and six self-adhesive stamps
Designed by: Stamps and Collectables Business, New Zealand Post, Wellington, New Zealand
Denominations: 70c, $1.40, $1.90, $2.10, $2.40 and $2.90
Printer and process: Gummed: Southern Colour Print Ltd by offset lithography. Self-adhesive: Australia Post, Sprintpak, Australia
Number of colours: Four process colours plus clear spot overgloss (self-adhesive stamps have phosphor screen)
Stamp size and format: Gummed: 50mm x 25mm (four vertical, two horizontal). Self-adhesive: 37mm x 26mm (four vertical, two horizontal)
Paper type: Gummed: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper. Self-adhesive: Avery Dennison B90 Kraft Back WLK5 stamp paper
Number of stamps per sheet: 25
Perforation gauge: Gummed: 14.4 x 14. Self-adhesive: die cut
Period of sale: Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until 31 October 2013

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Price: $11.90