2003 Miniature Sheet First Day Covers

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These outstanding limited edition First Day Covers commemorate JRR Tolkien’s timeless Middle-Earth with crucial moments and principal characters from Peter Jackson’s award-winning ‘The Lord of The Rings: Return of the King’ motion picture. Much in demand by collectors, they pay tribute to ‘The Lord of The Rings’ trilogy and explore Tolkien’s classic saga in a manner that movie enthusiasts, stamp lovers, and fans will enjoy and appreciate.

First day miniature covers thumbnailCONTAINING SIX PICTURESQUE First Day Covers affixed with Miniature Sheet stamps showing pivotal scenes from the award winning ‘The Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King’ motion picture. These First Day Cover (FDC) envelopes which all feature Legolas (Orlando Bloom), Gandalf the White (Ian McKellen) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) on the ramparts of the White City, measures 4 23/32 H x 8 1/16 W inches; 120 x 205 mm. Set of six FDCs come in a clear, archival quality protective sleeve, and includes a full-colour ‘Return of the King’ brochure containing background information on both this Nov. 5, 2003 stamp release and the epic year-long production it honours, making it a wonderful introduction to the world of stamps and movie memorabilia collecting.

NEW ZEALAND POST'S 5th November 2003 ‘The Return of the King’ philatelic issue is one of only three stamp releases officially licensed by New Line Cinema and approved by the film’s director, Peter Jackson, and was released with their total cooperation and blessing. Designed by Frans Lenzen based on the wonderful photos of Pierre Vinet these limited edition Miniature Sheet First Day Covers represent a wonderful opportunity to commemorate this huge cinematic undertaking. Two earlier, now OOP sets were released to commemorate ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movie trilogy: ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ set was issued in December 2001, and a second ‘The Two Towers’ set was issued in December 2002. See below for additional information about Miniature Sheets and First Day Covers.

2003 First Day Covers Miniature Sheets

actual size: 4.72 H x 8.07 W inches; 120 x 205 mm
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First day cover with miniature sheet stamps and November 5, 2003 cancellation postmark

These six FDCs envelopes feature Legolas (Orlando Bloom), Gandalf the White (Ian McKellen) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) upon the ramparts of the White City, each affixed with one of six distinct ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ miniature sheet stamps with first day cancellation postmark.

Miniature Sheets: Return of the King

actual size each: 4.33 H x 2.56 W inches; 110 x 65 mm

set of six miniature stamps40 cent: Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Gimli (John Rhys-Davies), 80 cent: Frodo Baggins (Elijah Woods) enters the spider’s den, 90 cent: Hobbits Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) must remain strong at heart, $1.30: Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) mighty warrior King Elessar and last of his royal lineage, $1.50: Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) the White - warrior wizard, $2.00: Gollum (Andy Serkis) on the trail of “my precious”.

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Miniature Sheets: These are stamps displayed in an attached illustrated panel. The Miniature Sheets portray the origin of each stamp image, which are derived from key scenes and moments in ‘The Lord of The Rings: Return of the King’ motion picture.

First Day Covers: Pictorial envelopes which are issued and stamped with a specifically-designed cancellation postmark that is only used for that day and issue. The cancellation stamp for this First Day Cover is a stylized Crown encircled by the words ‘The Return of the King, First Day of Issue, 5 November 2003, Stamps Centre Wanganui New Zealand’.

Additional Info: First Day Covers (FDC) are unaddressed. Technical details are available. Two earlier, now OOP sets of FDCs were released to commemorate the ‘Middle earth’ movie trilogy: ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ set was issued in December 2001, and a second ‘The Two Towers’ set was issued in December 2002.

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