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Numismatic Auction 32

Tuesday 19th March 2024
Commencing at 12 noon
West Plaza Hotel, Wellington


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Auction 32 - Tuesday, March 19, 2024

At the premises of Mowbray Collectables (Main Highway, Otaki) by appointment;
or at the West Plaza Hotel, Wellington:Tuesday 19th March from 9am (prior to the auction).

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 + 13) Tuesday 19th 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.

Phone bidding may be made during the course of the auction; by prior arrangement only.  Total minimum of $1,000 in bids applies.


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Welcome to Mowbray Collectables 19 March 2024 auction with 589 lots totaling $480,000. From affordable collections to over 100 gold items and rarities, there is something for everyone. Strong offerings are in banknotes, high grade and error NZ coins, ancient coins, world collections, English hammered, military medals and a fascinating group from the collection of Allan Sutherland, the renowned father of NZ numismatics, from lot 116 onwards.

The unique City Bank of Sydney issued Pound note of 1864, lot 445, is an important Australasian find, annotated with its provenance by Sydney wine and spirit merchant, Charles Thorn and later by Nathan/Joseph family members from the founding dynasty of the Glaxo Company that became British pharmaceutical giant GSK. It estimates at NZ$12,500 in aF. 

Top New Zealand banknote of the 89 lots offered is the 1934 Lefeaux 50 Pounds in aF, lot 523, Est $20,000, the first offered by us since 2018. Other 50 Pounds include Hanna in gF at $3500, and Fleming in EF at $4500. Scarce Wilks Star $1s, prefixes OA and OB at $1000 each add interest.

The mix of 22 trading bank notes includes a National Bank Ten Shillings of 1 March 1920, lot 515 aF, Est $5000, last offered in 2005 and BNZ 10 Pounds of 1 October 1928, gVF, at $3500. 

The 56 World Banknote lots include 14 Chinese note lots, more from an old Shanghai collection developed from the 1920’s, including a Ta-Ching Government Bank One Dollar, 1st June 1907, PMG equal finest known at AU 55 EPQ, Est $5000. Good accumulations include Fiji, Malaya, the Straits Settlements, Scotland and a US Gold certificate trio of $50, $20 & $10 (Est $750).

The sorts of errors wanted in a catalogue include six NZ error banknotes and twenty NZ error coin lots, such as a Solomon Island 2000 mule set, lot 413, and splendid brockages.

The 29 ancient coins include two large Egyptian gold coins, a 17.87g Pentadrachm, ca 285 - 246 BC of Ptolemy II, lot 287, Est $18,000 in EF and a 27.74g Oktadrachm, lot 288, Est $14,000, showing Arsinoe II, Ptolemy’s wife, in gVF. Byzantine gold, and classic silver imagery in Athens’ Owl, Corinth’s Pegasos and a Julius Caesar Denarius of 47/46 BC add design and character.

Rare Chinese coins include a Yunnan Republic Tael, 1943-44, struck for French Indochina with a small deer head design, kmX3, used to pay Chinese soldiers on the Burma front, NGC certified MS61, Est $5000. Many world coins include a good range of US gold and silver, and well-documented World collections from India, China and Europe.

New Zealand is represented by a plush case Waitangi Proof Set, Lot 381, Est $18,000, Proof Waitangi Crown, lot 383, Est $10,000 and other high grade predecimal coins. Tradesmen’s tokens include the rare high grade AS Wilson Dunedin Penny of 1858 in aEF, Est $2000.

British coins offer an attractive Gothic Crown of 1847 in aEF, Est $5500, and Charles I Crown of 1634/5, Est $1300 in aF/F. Crowns, Halfcrowns, early hammered and gold fill out the range. 

The 114 medal lots include eight 1860’s New Zealand Medals. Lot 5 was awarded to John Rule of the rare unit, Auckland Naval Volunteers, Est $4000. Eight New Zealand Memorial Cross lots honour those who gave their lives. Many British groups, with extensive service records and research, are joined by USA and Soviet groups including a prestigious Order of Lenin in Gold and Platinum to a Soviet Engineer from 1954, Est $3000.

Particular thanks again go to all our team who have created this auction for our vendors and buyers – Liam Jennings, Michail Andreef, John Mowbray, Margaret Galt, and auction organisers Maree Malin, Kirsten Fulford, Bronwyn Mill, Jan Macdonald & Sallie Bassett.

David Galt
Director, Coins, Banknotes & Medals


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