I am so excited!! I have received a Hobbit real coin from New Zealand Post~! ^-^ *here should be a happy dance of lucky owner lol*
Let me tell you a story~ Once upon a time.. kkk No, only 1,5 months ago I have found an ad from New Zealand Post. They were promoting stamps, cards and coins with the characters from the well-known story "The Hobbit" written by J.R.R.Tolkien. You may know, that "The Hobbit. An unexpected journey" as well as all 3 parts of "The Lord of the Rings" were filmed in New Zealand. So, because of the new movie (The Hobbit premier was back in December, 2012), the New Zealand Post has launched a limited edition of products with The Hobbit characters! The whole collection consists of different coins (brilliant uncirculated, silver and cold), stamps, presentation packs, cards, etc. You can check the collection here -> The Hobbit.
During the time, I have seen the advertisement, the New Zealand Post provided free shipping to all countries, for purchase of any item from The Hobbit collection. As you may already know, I am a great fan of all stories, written by J.R.R.Tolkien and, obviously, I like The Hobbit a lot, too. So, I have decided I have to buy at least one coin and maybe, it will be a beginning of my own collection~ *yeah, stop dreaming you will never afford buying the 3 coins golden set for 10,000+$!! T_T* Anyway, as I didn`t have to pay for the shipping (and shipping from New Zealand might be super expensive -_-`), I have bought one coin...
Months have passed, turned into years... wait, no, I have waited for a little bit more than a month lol. And.. now I have this coin in my hands!!!
This is how the parcel looked like:
front side - my address is a private information! ahaha
The packaging was pretty good - bubble wrap with two carton boards from at each side of the item.
And.. Here it is!! The Hobbit coin:
front side of the booklet with the coin
back side with the information about coin
Denomination: One New Zealand dollar (NZ$1)
Composition: AL/ZN/BR (Gold colour)
Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated
Mint: Royal Australian mint
The character on the coin is Bilbo Baggins, signing a contract with dwarves. At the other side of the coin is a profile of Queen Elizabeth II.
And some photos of the back side of the coin together with a booklet:
p.s. by the way, in the 2003 or smth, New Zealand Post also launched a limited edition of The Lord of the Rings coins!! Unfortunately, these coins can be found at e-bay and some private collections only T_T