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Three different sets of six gummed Stamp Sheets were issued by New Zealand Post between 2001 and 2003. Each series features crucial moments and principal characters from Peter Jackson’s ‘The Lord of The Rings’ movies based on JRR Tolkien’s timeless Middle-Earth classics. Popular with collectors, each sheet of 25 gummed stamps measures 11 x 6.1 inches; 28 x 15.5 cm making them ideal for wall mounting or framing 'as is'.
Released December 2001 these six Fellowship Stamp Sheets introduce key characters and scenes from award winning ‘Fellowship of the Ring’ movie. . Issue date: 4 December 2001 (12/4/01).
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Set features - 40 cent: Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and Saruman (Christopher Lee) in Isengard, 80 cent: Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) of Lorien, 90 cent: Frodo (Elijah Woods), Sam (Sean Astin) and Peregrin (Billy Boyd), $1.30: Frodo at Rivendell, $1.50: Mysterious Strider (Viggo Mortensen) aka Aragorn, $2.00: Boromir (Sean Bean) sounds alarm.
Second release of six official commemorative Stamp Sheets portray pivotal scenes from award winning ‘Two Towers’ motion picture. Stamps are all based on images captured by official New Line photographer Pierre Vinet. Issue date: 4 December 2002 (12/4/02).
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Set features - 40 cent: Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) and Lady Éowyn (Miranda Otto), 80 cent: Orc raider riding Warg, 90 cent: Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) thought dead till he reappears in Fangorn Forest, $1.30: Haradrim soldiers also known as ‘Easterlings’, $1.50: Frodo (Elijah Woods) and Sam captured by Faramir’s men, $2.00: Éowyn on the steps of Meduseld.
Third and final issue of Stamp Sheets showing key scenes and characters from much awaited ‘Return of the King’ movie. Designed by Frans Lenzen. Issue date: 5 November 2003 (11/5/03).
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Set features - 40 cent: Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Gimli (John Rhys-Davies), 80 cent: Frodo Baggins (Elijah Woods) enters spider’s den, 90 cent: Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) must remain strong at heart, $1.30: King Elessar (Viggo Mortensen) charges Sauron’s hordes, $1.50: Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) the White - warrior wizard, $2.00: Gollum (Andy Serkis) searches for "my preciousss".
Each Lord of the Rings philatelic issue consists of six basic stamp designs in 40 cent, 80 cent, 90 cent, $1.30, $1.50, and $2.00 denominations; each design is available in both gummed and self-adhesive versions which differ in size, cropping and composition.
Gummed sheet stamps for the first two releases were designed by Sacha Lees at Peter Jackson’s Weta Workshop - one of the same Miramar, Wellington, NZ based team nominated for three Academy Awards and winner of two prestigious BAFTA Awards; Return of the King were designed by Frans Lenzen. Each set comes in a protective sleeve, and includes a bonus collectible Lord of the Rings official stamps brochure containing background information on these stamp releases and epic movies they honour. Officially licensed by New Line Productions these stamps sold out faster than anticipated; stock of some items is extremely limited.
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Two Towers: Postcards | First Day Covers | Stamp Booklet | Presentation Pack
Fellowship: Postcards | First Day Covers | Stamp Booklet | Presentation Pack