2003 Return King Other collectibles

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Two limited edition Return of the King Definitive First Day Covers (FDCs) were issued to coincide with the worldwide release of Peter Jackson’s ‘The Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King’ motion picture which later went on to garner numerous major awards and accolades. Filmed entirely in the North and South Islands of New Zealand, these magnificent Return of the King FDCs which are much in demand by collectors, pay tribute to ‘The Lord of The Rings’ trilogy and explore J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic Middle-Earth saga in a manner that movie enthusiasts, stamp lovers, and fans will enjoy and appreciate.

First day covers thumbnailCONTAINING TWO PICTURESQUE First Day Covers, the first an Isengard envelope affixed with Self Adhesives, and the second a Rohirrim design with Gummed stamps showing pivotal characters from the award winning ‘The Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King’ motion picture. Both envelopes feature different images and were available singly or together in a set; each include a full-colour ‘Return of the King’ brochure containing background information on both this Nov. 5, 2003 stamp release and the epic movie it honours. See below for additional information about First Day Covers.

NEW ZEALAND POST'S 2003 ‘The Return of the King’ philatelic issue is the only stamp release 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 Sacha Lees at Weta Workshop - the same team nominated for three Academy Awards and winner of two prestigious BAFTA Awards - now out of print (OOP), these limited edition First Day Covers represent a wonderful opportunity to commemorate this huge cinematic undertaking.

2003 First Day Cover - Self-Adhesive Set

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 self adhesive stamps and November 5, 2003 cancellation postmarks

Isengard First Day Cover with full set of self-adhesive 2003 stamps postmarked on the first day of ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ stamp issue. Envelope depicts the beauty of Isengard transformed into a wasteland under Saruman. Self-adhesives stamps are smaller (1 x 1 1/2 inches; 26 x 37 mm) than the gummed stamps ( 1 x 2 inches; 25 x 50 mm), and appear more naturally framed being closer to the traditional portrait ratio than the landscape one used for the gummed series.

2003 First Day Cover - Gummed Set

actual size: 4 3/4 H x 8 1/16 W inches; 120 x 205 mm
click envelope for full-size image

First day cover with six gummed stamps and November 5, 2003 cancellation postmarks

Rohirrim First Day Cover featuring a complete set (40c, 80c, 90c, $1.30, $1.50, and $2.00) of gummed 2003 stamps with identical cancellation postmarks to the self-adhesive envelope below. This FDC envelope, which features refugees from Rohan trekking to Helm’s Deep, is also included in the deluxe Presentation Pack folio set.

First Day Covers: These are 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 these First Day Covers 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 are hard to obtain after issuance. This issue was only released in New Zealand and sold out quickly.

Additional Info: First Day Covers (FDC) are unaddressed. Technical details are available. Two earlier now OOPThe Fellowship of the Ring’ and ‘The Two Towers’ series were issued in December 2001 and December 2002 respectively to commemorate the ‘Middle earth’ movie trilogy.

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