This innovative stamp features the iconic door to Bag End in the Shire, home of Hobbit Bilbo Baggins and his nephew Frodo Baggins, protagonist of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ motion picture trilogy. The door on the stamp is unique – in that it has been created using actual wood from the Hobbiton™ party tree, which featured prominently in ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’ at Bilbo Baggins’ eleventy-first birthday party. The party tree wood has been ground down to a fine powder and affixed to the door image on the stamp.
Date of issue: 12 November 2014
Number of stamps: Seven gummed and six self-adhesive
Designed by: Stamps and Collectables Business, New Zealand Post, Wellington, New Zealand
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print by offset lithography.
Number of colours: Four process colours plus clear spot overgloss with thermography (Bag end stamp)
Stamp size and format: Gummed: 50mm x 25mm (five 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: Tullis Russell 210gsm red phosphor PSA stamp paper
Number of stamps per sheet: 25
Perforation gauge: Gummed: 14.4 x 14. Self-adhesive: die cut