Estimate $3,000

Estimate $15,000

Estimate $25,000

Estimate $50,000

Upcoming Auction Dates


Friday 24th September 2021

Commencing at 12.30pm
West Plaza Hotel, Wellington


Click here to download a PDF of the catalogue.

[Please note for those attending these auctions, we will be observing all Covid-19 protocols in place at the time.]

Auction 27 - Friday, September 24, 2021


At the premises of Mowbray Collectables (Main Highway, Otaki) by appointment;
or at the West Plaza Hotel, Wellington: Thursday 23rd September 10am to 6pm, and Friday 24th September 9am to 11.45am.


For any enquiries regarding lot descriptions etc, contact our office, +64 6 364 8270 or email

For those not attending the auction, bids can be placed by mail, phone, fax, e-mail or via our website.  Such bids should be received in our office no later than 8am NZ time (GMT + 12) Friday 24th September (at your risk if not received by auctioneer in time).  Mailed bids from overseas should be lodged at least two weeks prior, or phone us or place bids electronically.

Live online bidding is available via our website through Auction Mobility.  A 3% surcharge applies to all successful bids placed through Auction Mobility.
Telephone bidding may be made during the course of the auction; by prior arrangement only.

LIVE ONLINE BIDDING VIA AUCTION MOBILITY is available for this auction (a 3% charge applies for all successful bids placed through the live bidding facility).  Click to access the live bidding facility.

All Buyers Please Note: no GST will be added to the hammer price of lots.  However, a Buyers Premium of 17% (plus 15% GST on buyers premium for NZ buyers) will be added to the hammer price of each lot.

Exchange rates (approximate and subject to changeNZ Dollar equals UK 51p, USA 71c, Euro 60c, Australia 95c.   Click here for an online currency converter.

Credit card payments will incur a surcharge of 2% for Visa/Mastercard, and 3% for American Express.

Vendor bids are not accepted.

Our 24th September Auction again offers something for everyone, from rarities to bulk lots. We are proud to offer a catalogue with record estimates of $522,650 in 590 lots, available to bid on both in room and online. All lots are illustrated online at
The catalogue offers unique and rare New Zealand items. These include the very first note of NZ Reserve Bank Governor Sir Spencer Russell, the $10 NJR 000001, Lot 558. Exceedingly rare pattern NZ decimal coins from the 1980s are offered by us for the first time, including the 1982 dollar with Fantail reverse Lot 383, the 1982 cent with James Berry Obverse, the 1983 dollar with the fern foliage missing from the 20-cent design and the 1986 dollar with the Black Robin design and new Maklouf Obverse. We offer one of three known rainbow reverse issued Colonial Bank of New Zealand Pounds, 1891, Lot 507, and a good range of New Zealand trading bank notes and higher-grade Reserve Bank notes, including 50 Pound notes. Notes also feature a good range of same number sets and error notes.

British coins offer another rarity – the 1863, Die 4 penny, Lot 208. The grade is G but the detail is far more than those in many UK auctions. The 1847 Proof Gothic Crown, Lot 206, is worth inspection as is the range of hammered British coins from the ninth century onwards, many earlier milled coins and British gold.

From the rest of the world coins include interesting 17th Century European silver, Australian decimal proofs and scarcer tokens and scarcer USA coins as well as larger lots.

The range of gold coins is extensive with Australia Half Sovereigns, Sovereigns, Proofs, and World gold. The New Zealand gold coin range is our most extensive yet.

High grade New Zealand coins feature strongly with two Waitangi Crowns in AU, 1935 Threepences up to gEF, a full set of lustrous pennies and halfpennies and other high grade predecimal coins. Error coins are included, with large numbers of dollars and two dollars available.

Ancient coins feature an attractive range of Roman denarii from Republican times onwards, Judaean coins from New Testament times, a rare aureus of Titus, 76 AD and a solidus of Leo I, 457 – 468 AD.

Scarcer world banknotes include a Bank of Scotland 15 May 1901 issued Pound, P244 (Est $900), very hard to find in catalogues, and scarce Fiji WWII emergency notes.

The 32 medal lots include a British War medal to Private E Sylvia killed in the NZ assault on Chunuk Bair, a New Zealand medal specimen, high awards from the Philatelic world to renowned Philatelist Dr K J McNaught, and other medals.

Once again thanks go to all the Mowbray team for their hard work in producing this catalogue, especially Numismatist Liam Jennings, John Mowbray, Maree Malin, Keren Malin, Margaret Galt, Jan Mcdonald and Kirsten Fulford.


David Galt
Director Coins, Banknotes & Medals