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2021 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 20th Anniversary Silver Coin Set - A Shadow in the East

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December 2021 marks 20 years since the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. A fantasy story of epic proportions, the film invited a new generation into the world of J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved mid-century novels. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed entirely in New Zealand, whose unique landscapes provided a bounty of spectacular scenery. One of modern cinema's greatest achievements, the film earned 13 Academy Award nominations and grossed US$897.7 million worldwide, putting New Zealand on the map as a beautiful place to visit and a brilliant location for film making. 


  • Includes three unique 1oz silver coins, featuring evil characters Saruman, Lurtz and the Eye of Sauron 
  • The obverse of each coin acknowledges New Zealand as the home of Middle-earth 
  • Designed by New Zealand artist Sacha Lees 
  • Minted from 1oz of 0.999 silver 
  • Low worldwide mintage of 300 sets 
  • Presented in an elegant display case with a certificate of authenticity. 


This thrilling set of coins features the three primary villains of The Fellowship of the Ring. Saruman, who has shifted loyalty to the Dark Lord Sauron and imprisons Gandalf, is depicted in front of his tower Orthanc communicating with Sauron. Lurtz is an Uruk-hai, a monster sent by Saruman to capture Frodo and bring the One Ring to him. Finally, the third coin features the Eye of Sauron, the manifestation of Sauron’s spirit that watches over the evil lands of Mordor. On the obverse of each 0.999 silver coin, New Zealand is acknowledged as the home of Middle-earth with the fictional land’s name. 

Check out the full range of silver coins here.

Denomination: 3 x one New Zealand dollar
Finish: Antique with colour printing
Composition: Silver
Weight: Three x 1oz
Diameter: 40mm
Edge treatment: Milled
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, United Kingdom
Shape: Round
Reverse design: Coin 1: Lurtz; Coin 2: Saruman; Coin 3: Sauron
Designed by: Sacha Lees, Wellington, New Zealand
Worldwide mintage limit: 300
Mint: Royal Dutch Mint