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.


Set of Miniature Sheet First Day Covers

Each of the six miniature sheets is incorporated onto a set of six unique miniature sheet first day covers featuring imagery of the map of Middle-earth.

Highlights

  • This set of six miniature sheet first day covers marks the first day of issue - 1 November 2012
  • The miniature sheets feature Bilbo Baggins, Gollum, Gandalf, Thorin Oakenshield, Radagast and Elrond
  • Each first day cover 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: $17.40