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‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ stamp issue

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Award-winning actor Ian McKellen has officially given his seal of approval to stamps and coins being produced by New Zealand Post to celebrate the
eagerly anticipated movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, a production of
New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM).

New Zealand Post is collaborating with Warner Bros. Consumer Products,
Warner Bros. Pictures, and the filmmakers to produce official stamps and
legal tender commemorative coins for all three films.

New Zealand Post has unveiled its designs for the world's only legal
tender coins linked to the first movie in Sir Peter Jackson's trilogy of
films based on The Hobbit, and for a set of stamps based on the movie.

Ian McKellen - who reprises his role as Gandalf in the new film after having
embodied the character in Jackson's Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings
Trilogy - says the coins and stamps capture the essence of his iconic
character.

The set of six gummed stamps features:

70c - Bilbo Baggins
$1.40 - Gollum
$1.90 - Gandalf
$2.10 - Thorin Oakenshield
$2.40 - Radagast
$2.90 - Elrond

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