2003 Return King Full Collection 52 Official Stamps

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Our popular Lord Rings Stamps: Return of the King Full Collection features an outstanding selection of 52 magnificent stamps showing leading characters in pivotal scenes from Peter Jackson’s award-winning ‘Lord of the Rings: Return of the King’ movie. It represents exceptional value compared to purchasing the items separately or the Return of the King Ultimate Collection which includes six complete sheets of 25 gummed stamps.

Full Collection includes 8 first day covers, 6 maximum cards, 150 gummed stamps...
Complete contents of Return of the King Full Collection

The 2003 Return of the King Full Collection includes 202 RotK stamps - one each of the following items:

• Presentation Pack - 18 stamps in deluxe folio containing self-adhesive set, Gondor gummed first day cover and six miniature sheets,

• First Day Cover: Self-adhesive - 6 denominations on an Mordor envelope,

• First Day Covers: Miniature Sheet - 6 large stamps each on a Fellowship envelope,

• Maximum Cards - 6 postcards with first day postmarked gummed stamps,

• Stamp Booklet - 10 self-adhesive stamps in various denominations,and

• Mint Stamps - 6 gummed stamps, one of each denomination: 40c, 80c, 90c, $1.30, $1.50 and $2.00

Cover of presentation pack has info on first day cover, self-adhesive stamps, miniature stamp sheets and the film production
2003 Return of the King Presentation Pack cover has additional details and facts about
The Return of the King stamps and the Middle-earth races it portrays
actual size: 8 1/4 H x 28 3/8 W inches; 21 x 72 cm
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THIS POPULAR COLLECTION includes the Presentation Pack contains 18 different stamps: the First Day Cover (FDC) affixed with six definitive gummed stamps and first day (Nov. 5, 2003) cancellations, definitive self-adhesive stamps set of six with ‘Return of the King’ film logo, and complete set of six Miniature Sheets featuring crucial scenes and key actors from ‘The Return of the King’ motion picture. Six Maximum Cards of different designs with first day cancelled gummed stamps affixed, six Miniature Sheet affixed to FDCs featuring Legolas, Gandalf and Aragorn on the steps design, distinctive FDC featuring Mt Doom glows menacingly design with six self-adhesive stamps in different denomination affixed, a compact Stamp Booklet of ten self-adhesive stamps, and six Mint gummed stamps complete the Return of the King Full Collection. Bundled with your set is an Official ‘Return of the King’ Stamps leaflet celebrating this epic seven-year production - making this an ideal gift and a wonderful introduction to stamp collecting.

2003 Gummed FDC

2003 Self-adhesive FDC

actual size: 4 3/4 H x 8 1/16 W inches; 120 x 205 mm
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First day cover with six gummed stamps and November 5, 2003 cancellation postmarks
Gummed envelope with Knights of Gondor preparing to charge at Battle of Pelennor Fields; included in Presentation Pack.
First day cover with six gummed stamps and November 5, 2003 cancellation postmarks
Self-adhesive envelope features six stamps on Mordor’s mountains of Doom design.

THE NEW ZEALAND Post 2003 philatelic release of ‘The Return of the King’ is the only stamp issue endorsed by the film’s director, Peter Jackson and officially licensed by New Line Productions - it represents a superb and unique opportunity to commemorate their impressive cinematic achievement. They are only available in NZ and as last year’s ‘The Two Towers’ stamp issue sold out much earlier than anticipated, we recommend you don’t delay purchasing too long or you may be disappointed. 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. If you missed out on the ‘Fellowship’ stamps - check our eBay page or email us for details about our ‘Return of the King’ auctions.

2003 Maxi Postcards

actual size each card: 4 1/8 H x 5 3/4 W inches; 105 x 145 mm

Complete set of six Return of the King maximum postcards all with stamps and first day postmarks

40 cent Postcard: Legolas 'Prince Of Mirkwood' Greenleaf (Orlando Bloom), Gimli, Aragorn, and Gandalf are seemingly all that remain of the original Fellowship, Stamp design: Legolas fights defiantly from his trusty steed Arod. 80 cent Postcard: The Ringbearer (Elijah Woods) feels the weight of Middle-earth on his tiny shoulders as Sam and he journey into the heart of Mordor. Frodo must throw the One Ring into Mount Doom to destroy the evil Sauron, Stamp design: Frodo Baggins uses the Phial of Galadriel to light his way into Shelob’s Lair. 90 cent Postcard: These two Hobbits must remain strong of heart and true to the Fellowship, Stamp design: Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) stand shoulder to shoulder in a flooded Isengard, mirroring their closely linked fate in the War of the Ring. $1.30 Postcard: Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) forsakes glory and power, wanting simply the love of Elven princess Arwen (Liv Tyler), Stamp design: King Elessar (Viggo Mortensen) of Gondor leads his troops in the War of the Ring. $1.50 Postcard: Gandalf the White (Ian McKellen) must divert Sauron’s attention away from Frodo and the One Ring, Stamp design: Gandalf is a mighty warrior and master wizard. $2.00 Postcard: Gollum (Andy Serkis) needs to be reunited with "my precious," now possessed by Frodo, Stamp design: Sméagol, once a simple fisherman, still has a fondness for fishy morsels and tasty Hobbits.

ALL ITEMS ARE new and your Return of the King Full Collection ships in several professionally packaged mailers. Both the Maximum Cards and First Day Cover Miniature Sheet sets come in clear archival-quality protective sleeves, and the Presentation Pack folio is sealed in a heavy-duty clear protective slipcase with enclosed items individually mounted inside archival-quality clear pouches permitting easy removal. Front cover of Return of the King Presentation Pack features Aragon soon to be crowned King Elessar over map of the Fellowship’s journey, with the Official Movie logo and large One Ring below in gold and brown. Presentation Pack folio measures 8.27 H x 28.35 W inches; 21 x 72 cm when fully opened, and folds closed to 8.27 H x 9.45 W inches; 21 x 24 cm.

SAVE ON SHIPPING with discounted or FREE* shipping when you are the winning bidder on several of our auctions. As a special bonus, in addition to a complimentary ‘Return of the King’ color leaflet, your Return of the King Full Collection will be mailed using additional ‘Lord of the Rings’ stamps on the outer packages.

2003 Self-Adhesive Stamps Sheet

actual size: 1 5/8 H x 8 1/8 W inches; 41 x 208 mm
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Set of six self adhesive stamps with official LotR: Return of the King logos
Return of the King Sheet with complete 2003 set of self-adhesive stamps and official ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ logo; included in Presentation Pack.

First Day Cover Miniature Sheets: Return King

actual size each envelope: 4 3/4 H x 8 1/16 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) on the steps, 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. Set of six unmounted miniature sheets is included in the Presentation Pack.

2003 Miniature Sheets: Return of the King

actual size: 4.33 H x 2.56 W inches; 110 x 65 mm
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set of six miniature stamps40 cent: Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) fighting on horseback, 80 cent: Frodo Baggins (Elijah Woods) uses the Phial of Galadriel as he enters spider’s den, 90 cent: Hobbits Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) must remain strong at heart even though wet of foot, $1.30: Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) mighty warrior and possible future leader of men, $1.50: Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) the White - warrior wizard and cunning strategist in the war against the evil empire, $2.00: Gollum (Andy Serkis) has been on the trail of “my precious” since Bilbo stole it many years earlier.

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Stamp Booklet: Return of the King

actual size: 10 1/16 H x 2 3/8 W inches; 255 x 60 mm
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Inside booklet showing 4 x 40c, 2 x 90c, 80c, $1.30, $1.50 and $2.00 self-adhesive stamps

Stamp Booklet contains a varied selection of all six official self-adhesive stamps in a special ‘The Lord of the Rings’ fold-out collectable design - ten examples in 4 x 40c, 2 x 90c, 80c, $1.30, $1.50 and $2.00 denominations.

Rear of Maximum PostcardsMaximum Cards: Picture postcards which have an illustration relating to the stamp affixed, and a postmark on the picture side of the postcard. The three elements - postcard illustration, stamp and post mark relate but are not identical. Reverse (shown at right) has standard message and address sections, and postage paid imprint over a map of The Fellowship’s progress.

First Day Covers: Pictorial envelopes which are issued and stamped with a specifically-designed cancellation that is only used for that day and issue. The cancellation postmark 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’.

Miniature Sheets: Regular perforated stamps set in an attached illustrated panel showing the origin of the stamp, each of which are derived from key scenes in ‘The Return of the King’ motion picture.

Additional Info: Loose gummed and self-adhesive stamps are unhinged mint (UHM), First Day Covers (FDC) and Maximum Postcards are unaddressed. Technical details are available. Two earlier, now OOP sets 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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