After 12 long months of eagerly anticipating part two of the trilogy, in late December 2002 fans were rewarded with the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. After the unbridled success of The Fellowship of the Ring, which was nominated for 13 Academy Awards, the second instalment had a tough act to follow. Nevertheless, the enthusiastic audiences for the sequel ensured it was not only the highest grossing film of that year but, at the time of its release, the third-highest grossing film of all time.
- Features the two towers alluded to in the film’s title
- The obverse of each coin acknowledges New Zealand as the home of Middle-earth
- Designed by New Zealand artist Sacha Lees
- Each coin is minted from 1oz of 0.999 silver
- Low worldwide mintage of 499 sets
- Presented in an elegant display case with a certificate of authenticity.
Minted from 0.999 silver, this set of coins features each of the towers alluded to in the film’s title – Orthanc, the stronghold of evil wizard Saruman, and Barad-dur, where the spirit of the Dark Lord Sauron resides. The coins have a black proof finish and selective colour highlights the detail of Sacha Lees’ artwork.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 20th Anniversary celebrates the talent of Kiwi filmmakers and the films’ legacy in Aotearoa New Zealand. Click here for more information about the coin issue.
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|Denomination:||One New Zealand dollar x2|
|Finish:||Proof with black platinum plating and select colour|
|Weight:||1oz x 2|
|Obverse design:||Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, United Kingdom|
|Reverse design:||Coin 1: Barad dur; Coin 2: Orthanc|
|Designed by:||Sacha Lees, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Worldwide mintage limit:||499|
|Mint:||Royal Dutch Mint|