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Auction 24 - Friday, March 6, 2020


At the premises of Mowbray Collectables (Main Highway, Otaki) by appointment;
or at the West Plaza Hotel, Wellington: Thursday 5th March 10am to 6pm, and Friday 6th March 9am to 11.45am.


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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 + 13) Friday 6th March (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.
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Welcome to our 24th Numismatic Auction.  The 595 lots feature important Estate collections. The collection of Gordon Webster, ex-Deputy General Manager of the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ), offers scarce gold coins and New Zealand trading banknotes. More material is offered from the Waikato collection of Brian Pike, especially in Spanish Dollars and World Crowns, and from Dr Ray Hargreaves of Dunedin. New collections this time include one of African banknotes and that of Ray Staal, Wanganui, who had wide interests. 

The Colonial Bank of New Zealand One Pound of 1887, Lot 512 (Est NZ15,000), is one of possibly as few as four of the type held privately, grading gF. The Colonial Bank was absorbed into the BNZ in 1895 after disastrous losses, including on loans to the Colonial Treasurer, J G Ward and William Larnach, builder of Larnach’s Castle.  

Other scarce New Zealand notes are a BNZ £10 of 1 October 1921 in F, Lot 513, estimated at $6000; a Fleming £50 with early serial number R146298 in EF, Lot 534 (Est $7000), a BNZ emergency issue 10 Shillings of 1 August 1916, date-stamped with no printers imprint in aF, Lot 521 (Est $2400), and other BNZ notes, mostly in the F to VF range. All Reserve Bank Governors except Lefeaux are covered by the five £50 notes. Same number sets date back to the early Hardie, Russell and Brash issues.  

World Banknotes include UNC ranges from Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe, tracing the havoc of the notorious Zimbabwe inflation through to ZA replacement Zimbabwe Hundred Trillion Dollars. 

Over 140 gold lots include a rare George IV Half Sovereign of 1821, S3802, Lot 201, with ornately garnished shields in aEF (Est $4000). Lots 204 and 205 allow comparison of different William IV Half Sovereign sizes, being 1834 (17.9mm in VF/gF, Est $600) and 1836 (19.4mm in VF, Est $1000), hard to find in higher grades. An 1887 5 Pounds in gEF (Est $3500) and both the George VI 1937 plain edge proof Sovereign (Est $4000) and Half Sovereign (Est $1000) offer rare opportunities. The best medal is a superb medal by A Loewental for the death of Winston Churchill, depicting a hand holding a torch, issued by B A Seaby, 50 mm with 3.57 oz’s of gold, UNC (Lot 397, Est $9000).   

Interesting New Zealand coins include the Joseph Moore 1879 pattern penny in nearly UNC grade (Lot 296, Est $5000), higher grade and scarcer tokens and a very rare proof 1964 Threepence (Lot 332, Est $1800). Superb fully uncirculated 1947 and 1948 Sixpences estimate at $200 (Lots 330 & 331). A scarce pair of medals issued for the Traffic Enforcement Service before its absorption by the Police estimates at $700 (Lot 417). Medals include interesting larger collections and British Sudan and New Zealand Military Medals.  
World gold coins include the full set of 13 World Wildlife Fund 25th Anniversary gold coins of 1986 – 88, (Lot 169, Est $12,000), with the China Wild Yak 100 yuan of 1986. Silver Crown sized coins include the scarce China “Birds over Junk” 1932 Dollar, UNC with some light green (Lot 28, Est $2500) and a China Chihli Dollar of Year 24 (1898), kmY65.2 in EF (Lot 23, Est $2000). From South America are the Peru Royalist 8 Reales 1824 JP, km130, with crowned 1824 counter stamped on a host Peru 8 Reale, with some green but AU (Lot 78, Est $2000) and a Cuba Revolutionary Peso of 1872 – 77 with thin key counterstamp, PCGS EF40, (Lot 40, Est $1500). Popular bulk world lots and many other single coins make this an auction for all collectors.

Ancient coins feature such figures as Julius Caesar, Augustus, Tiberias, Brutus, Cleopatra VII of Egypt and Judaean figures such as Herod Agrippa, Felix & Porcius Festus and Judaean Widow’s mites.

Gold related items include watches, chains, New Zealand gold nuggets, ingots and sovereign cases. An unusual offering includes numismatic artwork of James Berry relating to Australian, New Zealand, Island and US designs in Lots 426 to 432.

David Galt