THE FINAL OFFICIAL Return of the King Presentation Pack in the trilogy comes in a tri-folding folio containing a handsome compilation of the most popular commemorative ‘The Return of the King’ 2003 Official philatelic items including several scarce ones not available separately. Each set includes 18 RotK stamps in the form of: First Day Cover with complete gummed stamp set and (November 5, 2003) cancellation postmarks, a complete self-adhesive Stamps Set with ‘Return of the King’ logos and a complete set of six Miniature Sheets featuring crucial scenes from the awards-winning ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ movie.
THE NEW ZEALAND Post 2003 philatelic release of ‘The Return of the King’ was one of only three stamp issues endorsed by the film’s director, Peter Jackson and officially licensed by New Line Productions. Exclusively designed by Frans Lenzen - this limited edition 2003 Presentation Pack represent a superb and unique opportunity to commemorate their monumental cinematic achievement. Two earlier, now OOP Presentation Packs were released to commemorate ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movie trilogy: ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ Presentation Pack was issued in December 2001, and a second ‘The Two Towers’ Presentation Pack was issued in December 2002.
THESE LIMITED EDITION Presentation Packs were only marketed in NZ so don’t delay too long or you may be disappointed. We will also be offering occasional ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ First Day Miniature Covers, Stamp Booklet and Maximum Postcards - either purchase direct or check our regular auctions.
ALL ITEMS ARE new and individually mounted inside archival-quality clear pouches permitting easy removal, and the triple-fold Presentation Pack folder is sealed in a heavy-duty clear protective slipcase. The Return of the King Presentation Pack also provides detailed information about the official ‘Return of the King’ 2003 stamp issue, as well as the characters and motion picture it honours. Front cover of Return of the King Presentation Pack features King Elessar (Viggo Mortensen) holding Anduril - the sword that was Narsil now reforged, against a map illustrating the Fellowship’s journey, with the Official Movie logo and large One Ring set below in gold and brown. Presentation Pack measures 8.27 H x 28.35 W inches; 21 x 72 cm when fully open, and folds closed to 8.27 H x 9.45 W inches; 21 x 24 cm. See below for further information about Miniature Sheets and First Day Covers.
actual size: 1.6 H x 8.2 W inches; 41 x 208 mm
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Sheet with complete set of 2003 Return King self-adhesive stamps and official ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ logo. Self-adhesives are a different size (1 x 1.5 inches; 26 x 37 mm) and aspect ratio than the gummed stamps (1 x 2 inches; 25 x 50 mm).
actual size: 4.72 H x 8.07 W inches; 120 x 205 mm
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Envelope depicts Knights of Gondor preparing to charge at the Battle of Pelennor Fields, and includes a complete set of gummed 2003 RotK stamps postmarked on the first day of ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ stamp issue. Note: two other Return of the King FDC envelope designs are available with: self-adhesive and miniature sheets affixed.
actual size each: 4.33 H x 2.56 W inches; 110 x 65 mm
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40 cent: Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) fighting from on horseback, 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 though far from their beloved Shire, $1.30: King Elessar (Viggo Mortensen) leads the armies of the West towards the hordes of Mordor spilling out from the Black Gate, $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: 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’ movie.
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’. First Day Covers are very collectable since they can be hard to obtain after issuance. This issue was only released in New Zealand and sold out quickly.
Additional Info: Loose gummed and self-adhesive stamps are unhinged mint (UHM), and First Day Covers (FDC) are unaddressed. Technical details are available. Two earlier, now OOP Presentation Packs were released to commemorate the ‘Middle earth’ movie trilogy: ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ Presentation Pack was issued in December 2001, and a second ‘The Two Towers’ Presentation Pack was issued in December 2002.
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