New Zealand is pretty proud that Peter Jackson and his Warner Bros. team chose the country's landscapes to house production of 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' films. We would be too, but probably not to the extent of the New Zealanders.

In a similar fashion to the US releasing those commemorative but completely usable state-themed quarters years back, New Zealand is about to make 'Hobbit' coins a legitimate form of currency in honor of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey's' premiere.

Though we know all you Tolkien fans out there are already Googling where to order them from, be warned that you'll be paying a lot more than their value as legal tender. According to The New Zealand Post, the NZ$10 coin costs approximately NZ$$3,695, mainly because it's made from 28.3 grams of pure gold. Consequently, the NZ$1 will cost you NZ$10... Not exactly the best deal.

These 'Hobbit' coins are hitting the market on November 1 before 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' premieres in Wellington on November 28. But there are plenty, less expensive ways to get ready for the film, which will hit US theaters December 14. Can we interest you in some movie posters, banners, trailers, clipsgames and/or movie stills?

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