These coins will let you have a good time in any tavern from Minas Tirith to Invercargill. New Zealand produced them as well as commemorative stamps to mark the production of The Hobbit, which was filmed in that country. This deision meets with Sir Ian McKellen's full approval:
"To put Gandalf on these splendiferous coins is a wizard idea," McKellen said from London.
He said he is also impressed by the specially designed stamps saying: "The pointy hat, the beard and the illuminated staff - the $1.90 NZ stamp is pure Gandalf."
The coins - which are legal tender - will go on sale from November 1, alongside a set of six stamps celebrating the film.