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2023 The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King 20th Anniversary 'The Lighting of the Beacons' Silver Proof Coin Set

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Bringing the epic quest of hobbits, humans, and elves to a close, The Return of the King marked the end of a huge filming achievement. The final The Lord of the Rings film closed a long journey for actors, extras and film-workers from around Aotearoa New Zealand and the world.  


  • Three coins representing the memorable ‘Lighting of the Beacons’ scene  
  • 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 300 
  • Presented in an elegant display case with a certificate of authenticity.

Minted from 0.999 silver, this set of coins features the allied kingdoms of Gondor and Edoras, and the mountain-top beacons used to communicate a cry for help. Each coin includes a range of finishing techniques to depict the artwork’s fine details. The obverse features a portrait of King Charles III and ‘Middle-earth’ setting these coins apart from other New Zealand commemoratives. 

Denomination: $1.00 x 3
Finish: Proof with Selective Colour
Composition: 0.999 Silver
Weight: 1 oz x 3
Diameter: 40 mm
Edge treatment: Milled
Obverse design: Portrait of His Majesty King Charles III, by Stephen J Fuller, New Zealand
Shape: Round
Reverse design: Coin 1. Gondor, Coin 2. The Beacons, Coin 3. Edoras
Designed by: Sacha Lees, Wellington, new Zealand
Worldwide mintage limit: 300
Mint: Royal Dutch Mint
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