The Battle of Helm’s Deep
All stamps in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 20th Anniversary were based on original artworks by Sacha Lees. Three of these paintings have been issued as limited-edition art prints. These hand-signed prints include a canceled stamp and are marked with their limited-edition number. A great gift for any The Lord of the Rings fan, only 250 of each print have been produced.
This epic battle is the climax of The Two Towers, with our heroes standing alongside King Theoden and his people to fend off thousands of Uruk-hai warriors. Concept artist Alan Lee was tasked with designing the Helm’s Deep miniature as his first job when he joined the production in 1997. A full-scale section of the fortress was also built at Dry Creek Quarry in Wellington.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 20th Anniversary celebrates the talent of Kiwi filmmakers and the film's legacy in Aotearoa New Zealand. Click here for more information about the stamp issue.
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|Date of issue:||7 September 2022|
|Number of stamps:||Six gummed|
|Denominations:||$1.70 x2, $3.00, $3.80 & $4.30 and $4.50|
|Designed and illustrated by:||Sacha Lees, Wellington New Zealand|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print, New Zealand by lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||35.71mm x 50mm (vertical)|
|Miniature sheet size and format:||112mm x 66mm (horizontal)|
|Paper type:||Red Phosphur Gummed 106gsm|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||20|
|Perforation gauge:||14.4 x 14|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imprint blocks may be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks are available in A and B formats.|
|Period of sale:||Period of sale: Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until 6 September 2023. First day covers will remain on sale until 1 November 2022. Miniature sheet first day covers will remain on sale indefinitely.|