Deep within the mountain kingdom of Erebor a lake of gold and precious jewels laps at the green stone pillars of the ancient Dwarf city.
Innumerable coins of Dwarven mint lie piled so deep that a Dragon the size of Smaug the Terrible can swim among them like a giant red serpent.
Stamped in the gold smithies of a long-dead Dwarf king, they glitter like so many dew-kissed autumn leaves lying thick upon a bleak forest floor, a sad, twinkling monument to a once proud race made humble by the great worm.
The coins are exact replicas, drawn from molds of the original coins created for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug by the 3 Foot 7 Art Department.
Made from metal (zinc alloy) plated to look every bit as precious as if they were made of solid gold.
The coins come in a cloth pouch with a draw string to keep your treasure safe.
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If I had bought these from anywhere else they would have been... Read more.
If I had bought these from anywhere else they would have been just fine, however I have come to expect a serious degree of quality from weta. I had these imported to England, it cost me £12 extra in duty. The coins are heavy, and quite large. However they are not what I would call works of art. They are a bit rough and ready, with less detailing and almost childish images. Not what I would expect from a skilled dwarf. They all have copyright stamps that distract and irritates me more than I am willing to admit. (perhaps it would have been better to put these on the edge). The bad is a cheap, thing cotton bag with an uneven logo stamped on it. A small fake leather pouch would have made all the difference in the world. The bag is not in keeping and again removes from the authenticity. That said the coins are bright, heavy and pleasantly uneven in some aspects adding reality. I was hoping for a conversation piece but I won’t be taking these out to show my mates, rather they will be tucked away and forgotten. Hide.
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Different Surface Finish
I really love the style of art on these coins. It fit... Read more.
I really love the style of art on these coins. It fit the era nicely. I can imagine them being cast or stamped in the foundries of Erebor. However, I had purchased the first coin when it first came out (and was very pleased with it) and the coins included in this pouch have a very different surface finish. The coins are less shiny, almost having a media blasted finish. They are less gold, more of a pale yellow. They don't glimmer the way I'd hoped. The coin #1 from this set is also noticeably thinner than the previous casting (though features designs along the rim that were absent in the first casting). I was a bit disappointed in the quality of the finish compared to the last one..It's a noticeable difference that really keeps the extra coin from fitting in. I really loved the finish on the first coin and was hoping for the same quality in this set. Also, the second picture in the set for the coin pouch features a coin I don't recognize. It is not the first coin, though seems to take its place for that picture. I was hoping to receive that coin in order to complete my set. All in all, I am pleased with this item, I was just a bit confused about the differences between products. Hide.
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This is the first time I've ever been unhappy with a Weta... Read more.
This is the first time I've ever been unhappy with a Weta purchase.
I bought the first coin, which is fantastic, when it was released. But since the only way to get the third coin was via this set, I bought that instead of the other three single coins.
Despite there being no indication of this in the product description, these are FAR from being "plated to look every bit as precious as if it were made of solid gold."
No! This is dull and cheap, has much less detail than the first coin, and a couple of the coins are even damaged (like they were hit with something sharp) and the paint missing.
Words cannot describe how disappointing this purchase is. Hide.
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