New Zealand is home to Middle-earth once again, with the release of the first of three films based on The Hobbit, entitled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Each of the six miniature sheets is incorporated onto a set of six unique miniature sheet first day covers featuring imagery of the map of Middle-earth.
- This set of six miniature sheet first day covers marks the first day of issue - 1 November 2012
- The miniature sheets feature Bilbo Baggins, Gollum, Gandalf, Thorin Oakenshield, Radagast and Elrond
- Each first day cover features The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey official logo.
|Date of issue:||1 November 2012|
|Number of stamps:||Six gummed stamps and six self-adhesive stamps|
|Designed by:||Stamps and Collectables Business, New Zealand Post, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Denominations:||70c, $1.40, $1.90, $2.10, $2.40 and $2.90|
|Printer and process:||Gummed: Southern Colour Print Ltd by offset lithography; Self-adhesive: Australia Post, Sprintpak, Australia|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours plus clear spot overgloss (self-adhesive stamps have phosphor screen)|
|Stamp size and format:||Gummed: 50mm x 25mm (four vertical, two horizontal); Self-adhesive: 37mm x 26mm (four vertical, two horizontal)|
|Paper type:||Gummed: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper; Self-adhesive: Avery Dennison B90 Kraft Back WLK5 stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||25|
|Perforation gauge:||Gummed: 14.4 x 14; Self-adhesive: die cut|
|Period of sale:||The stamps for this issue were removed from sale on 31 October 2013. Other collectables in this issue will remain on sale until further notice.|