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Unsold items from Numismatic Auction #25

We still have some choice items available from this auction at reserve, down to as much as 30% below the original estimate.  Lots are available for immediate purchase.  Email us now to purchase these at reserve plus buyer premium 17% and postage (plus GST on the buyer’s premium for NZ clients only). 

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PUBLIC NUMISMATIC AUCTION #25 - closed Friday 11th September 2020

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Auction 25 - Friday, September 11, 2020


At the premises of Mowbray Collectables (Main Highway, Otaki) by appointment;
or at the West Plaza Hotel, Wellington: Thursday 10th September 10am to 6pm, and Friday 11th 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 11th 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 67c, Euro 61c, Australia 98c.   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.

In our first International auction since the Corona Virus lockdown, it is business as usual, with all bidding options available including online, real time bidding. Live viewing is available as usual. 

The 627 lots on 11 September offer diversity across numismatics with special strength in military medals, ancient coins, world banknotes and Australian gold.

Military medals feature awards to the Cunliffe family and large collection assembled by Brian Connor who died aged 77 on 30 September 2019. Brian was active in the Royal Numismatic Society of NZ in Dunedin, the Orders and Medals Research Society, the Order of St John, a Knight of the Order of St Lazarus, the Territorials as a Staff Sergeant in the RNZAMC, and the Masonic Lodge. He headed Otago University’s medical photography department and served as honorary numismatic curator at the Otago Museum. 

George Gordon Cunliffe was a Lieutenant in the British Indian Army during the Indian Mutiny. His Indian Mutiny Medal (Lot 2) estimates at $NZ 1000. Cunliffe retired as Major General in 1880. His son, Brigadier General Frederick Hugh Gordon Cunliffe’s CB & CMG Group of 12 (Lot 1) is estimated at $6000. Frederick defeated German troops in the Cameroons in 1915. He commanded the Nigerian regiment in East Africa, ending World War I as a Brigadier General. 

Connor lots include a Waterloo medal (Lot 18, Est $2000) and a family pair of New Zealand Medal to Henry Elston, No 2 Company of the famed Forest Rangers and a Queen’s South Africa Medal to his son Samuel Elston (Lot 81, Est $1600). The collection has a wide representative range of medals awarded from 1815 onwards including an MC, DCM, New Zealand Medals, MMs, many groups and scarcer types. 

A 15 ct gold token of honour awarded to Trooper G S Williams, 5th Contingent, for his part in the Boer War by residents of Sydenham, Christchurch, (Lot 189, Est $1200), was a rare award in Christchurch.

Ancient coins include 89 lots, mostly higher-grade silver and copper, from Greece (22), Rome (51) and Judaea (10), mostly from a United States vendor and especially interesting to Biblical collectors.  An Augustus Denarius, Colonia Patricia or Nemausus Mint, ca. 19 - 18 BC (Lot 340) estimates at $1000 in aEF. A Julius Caesar denarius, ca 49BC, with elephant design (Lot 333), estimates at $800 in gVF.

World coin lots total 142. They include a scarce USA 1893O Morgan dollar, (Lot 275, Est $1000) in AU50, higher grade scarce Danish West Indies and Greenland coins and an extremely rare pattern Ecuador set of 1970 to 1976 coins, Lot 249, estimated at $1000. World, New Zealand, British and Australian gold coins are well represented in 52 lots, with outstanding Australian sets, including the 2005 6-coin Masterpieces 5 cent to $2 set (Lot 436) at $11,000 and 2001 to 2005 Prospector Companion 10 coin set (Lot 435), estimated at $18,000. 

A Waitangi Crown (Lot 463) in AU estimates at $7000, while top banknote is the Union Bank of Australia £5 of 1 March 1905, (Lot 577, Est $3000), aF. Same number NZ sets, 10 Lefeaux banknote lots and Wilks Specimen $10 (Est $900) and $20 (Est $1500) notes (Lots 603 and 604) add spice to the offering. World banknote lots (62) include both modern and scarce earlier British colonial types from Hong Kong and East Africa.  

Thanks once again to all our Mowbray team for their contributions and especially Senior Numismatist Nicola Bowden, John Mowbray, Maree Malin, Jane Smelt, Margaret Galt and Jan McDonald. Thanks also to our buyers and vendors for their support and trust.

David Galt