Lord of the Rings is about to hit the small screen, with a billion-dollar production for Amazon Studios, so after a quiet few years since the last of Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’ movies hit cinemas, the saga is back in the forefront again. The New Zealand Mint has an expansive range of coins, most falling inside their ‘Classic’ format, eschewing colour and adornment for a traditional, clean strike, and this latest launch is another of them.
Called Rivendell, after an Elvish place in the Lord of the Rings saga, it depicts the House of Elrond, a magical sanctuary. There are three formats here, including the latest three-ounce silver that the mint has embraced of late. This takes a wider view of the structures than the one-ounce silver, or quarter-ounce gold, which take a cropped look at a single building. The mint has taken this approach with quite a few releases in their many licenced ranges, and we wholeheartedly approve. Rather than try to cram in the design from a big coin into a little one, it instead goes for a similar level of detail, while depicting less. Check out the Star Wars Classic coins for other examples.
As always, quality packaging is in evidence for all variants, and the antique finish on the silver coins is an increasingly popular choice.