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Hobbit coins to become legal tender in New Zealand

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New Zealand will release commemorative "The Hobbit" coins worth thousands of dollars ahead of next month's premier of director Peter Jackson's latest Tolkien epic. 

Image provided by the New Zealand Post shows a set of three NZ$1 coins bearing images of characters from the film "The Hobbit". New Zealand will release commemorative "The Hobbit" coins worth thousands of dollars ahead of next month's premier of the latest Tolkien epic.

The coins featuring characters such as Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the wizard will be legal tender in the country, New Zealand Post said, although their face value will be only a fraction of the cost collectors will be expected to pay.

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