One of the most famous aspects of J.R.R. Tolkien’s writing was the deep world-building that went into it, complete with constructed languages that captured the essence of the magical world of Middle-Earth. His immortal Elves provided the original name, Imladris — meaningvalleyorravine— to the enchanted town that humans would come to call Rivendell. The film adaptations of the book showed attention to that detail in bringing this location to life for the big screen with a design vision celebrated by the New Zealand Mint’s 2022 Niue Lord of the Rings Rivendell 1 oz Silver Coin.
The 2022 Niue Lord of the Rings Rivendell Silver Coin celebrates the big screen version of an enchanted location from Middle Earth with high-relief engraved artwork and a gorgeous antique finish. It arrives in a customized display case, nestled in velvet, and ships fully insured by Provident Metals. A Certificate of Authenticity on the back of the case verifies each coin’s unique number in the mintage.
Shown in a high-relief rendition of the famous effigy designed by Ian Rank-Broadley in 1998, Queen Elizabeth II dominates the coin’s obverse side and confirms its standing as legal tender of Niue. It’s accompanied by inscriptions of the royal name, face value, and year and country of issue.
The coin’s reverse side features the graceful structures of Rivendell, Elrond’s enchanted Elven refuge, in the river valley setting shown in the blockbuster movie adaptations ofThe Lord of the Rings.The copyright and trademark of New Line Productions, as well as confirmation of weight and silver content, appear at the rim.
Rivendell was one of the most important Elven communities in Middle Earth of both page and screen, and the residence of numerous famous Elves. This beautiful fictional refuge was actually based on a place in the real world. The scenery of the Lauterbrunnental valley in Switzerland, where Tolkien hiked in 1911, directly inspired the author’s descriptions of Rivendell in the books, and those descriptions were so vivid that resemblance carried forward into its depiction in the blockbuster New Line Productions film adaptations.
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|Mint Mark||Not Shown|
|Producer||New Zealand Mint|
|Designer (Obverse)||Ian Rank-Broadley|
|Product Series||The Lord of the Rings|
|Certificate of Authenticity||Yes|
|Capsule Size||40 mm|
|Metal Content||1 Troy Ounce|
|Shipping||Orders over $199 Ship Free|
|Packaging Dimensions||3.6 x 3.6 x 1.4|