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The Hobbit Coins of Sherlock’s Freeman and Cumberbatch

The Hobbit Coins of Sherlock’s Freeman and Cumberbatch

BBC Sherlock Hobbit Shadows

Readers of this journal and Sherlockians probably think of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson when they hear the names of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. The lead and supporting actors of BBC’s Sherlock actually flip roles in the series of Hobbit films, with Freeman taking the lead and Cumberbatch in a supporting role.

Based on the increased tourism in New Zealand after the earlier Lord of the Rings films, the country of New Zealand struck a deal with the Warner Brothers film studios to market the country as the fictional Middle Earth featured in the Hobbit film series. Starting in 2012, the Royal Australian Mint would strike many coins featuring characters and scenes from the film series.  This article will only deal with the coins featuring Freeman’s character of Bilbo Baggins and Cumberbatch’s character of Smaug the Dragon.

2012 Hobbit $1 SilverBilbo Baggins with sword – 2012 $1

40 mm, 1 troy oz. .999 sterling silver, Round, milled edge, 1,000 minted

Part of a 6-coin set in a carved wooden case with numbered certificate of authenticity

2012 Hobbit $1 Bimetallic

Bilbo Baggins embarking on his journey – 2012 $1

40 mm, 1 troy oz. .999 sterling silver with gold plating, Round, milled edge, 20,000 minted

In a presentation case with numbered certificate of authenticity

2012 Hobbit $1

Bilbo Baggins with the contract – 2012 $1

39 mm, Gold colored Aluminum / Zinc / Bronze, Round, milled edge, unlimited mintage

Hobbit Packaging
Packaging for Baggins with Contract $1 Coin

2012 Hobbit $10

Bilbo Baggins Embarking on His Journey – 2012 $10

38.94 mm, 1 troy oz. .9999 gold, Round, milled edge, 1,000 minted

In a presentation case with numbered certificate of authenticity

2013 Hobbit Coins

Smaug flying over Lonely Mountain- 2013 $1

40 mm, 1 troy oz. .999 sterling silver with gold plating, Round, milled edge, 20,000 minted

In a presentation case with numbered certificate of authenticity

Smaug flying over Lonely Mountain- 2013 $10

38.94 mm, 1 troy oz. .9999 gold, Round, milled edge, 500 minted

In a wooden presentation case with numbered certificate of authenticity

2014 Nz $1 Smaug

Smaug the  Dragon – 2014 $1

39 mm, Gold colored Aluminum / Zinc / Bronze, Round, milled edge, unlimited mintage

2014 Nz $1 Smaug Packaging
Packaging for Smaug the Dragon $1 Coin

Bilbo with Smaug

2014 NZ $1 Bilbo and Smaug

Smaug conversing with Bilbo Baggins- 2014 $1

40 mm, 1 troy oz. .999 sterling silver with gold plating, Round, milled edge, 20,000 minted

In a presentation case with numbered certificate of authenticity

2014 NZ $10 Bilbo and Smaug

Smaug conversing with Bilbo Baggins- 2014 $10

38.94 mm, 1 troy oz. .9999 gold, Round, milled edge, 500 minted

In a wooden presentation case with numbered certificate of authenticity

2013 NZ Bilbo Baggins $10

Bilbo Baggins – 2014 $10

38.94 mm, 1 troy oz. .9999 gold, Round, milled edge, 250 minted

Part of a 3-coin set in a carved wooden case with numbered certificate of authenticity

All of these coins feature Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse.  All of these coins are still available for purchase from this site.

Hobitt Coin CopyrightOne unique feature of all of the Hobbit coin designs is that all bear the copyright mark of WBEI – Warner Brothers Entertainment, Inc.

We’ll be coming back to the Hobbit coinage (and the earlier New Zealand Lord of the Rings coinage) next year to document the coins featuring Gandalf the Wizard after the new Sherlock Holmes movie starring Ian McKellen is released.

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