Sold for $24,154

Sold for $7270

Sold for $21,150

Sold for $4690

Sold for $4397


Friday 16th March 2018

Commencing at 12 noon
West Plaza Hotel, Wakefield Street, Wellington, New Zealand


LIVE ONLINE BIDDING VIA AUCTION MOBILITY is available for this auction.  A 3% charge applies for this service.  Click to access the live bidding facility  

Auction 19 - Friday, 16 March 2018

At the premises of Mowbray Collectables (Main Highway, Otaki) by appointment;
West Plaza Hotel, Wellington: Thursday 15th March 10am to 6pm, and Friday 16th March prior to auction, from 8am.

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) Friday 16th March (at your risk if not received by auctioneer in time). Telephone bidding may be made during the course of the auction; by prior arrangement only.

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 (approximateNZ Dollar equals UK 52p, USA 73c, Australia 93c, Canada 92c, Euro 59c, Japan ¥79, Hong Kong $5.70, Singapore 97c.   Click here for an online currency converter.

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

Vendor bids are not accepted.

With pleasure we present our March 2018 auction featuring 719 lots totalling $377,640.

There is something for everyone, with strength in gold coins, Islamic coins, British and European historic medals, Swiss shooting medals and thalers, higher grade British coins from Elizabeth I to Victoria, New Zealand decimal banknotes, tokens, errors and predecimal coins.

We introduce live online bidding, through our website and Auction Mobility, a Boston company. International

bidders should note that grading accords with standards for each market, being more conservative than US grading companies for most world coins.

We extend the catalogue with some interesting gold and other jewellery, watches and antiques and numismatic books.

Particularly exciting opportunities include:

  • The unique 1895 New Zealand 5-pounds pink postal note in EF with an estimate of $17,500, one of just four known, issued to be a banknote.
  • The famous 1772/3 Resolution & Adventure medal in platina, estimated at $5000, and available to all bidders with its northern hemisphere provenance, held by one family for a century.
  • British silver coins ranging from hammered to Crowns from 1662 including George III, George IV, 1845, 1847 Gothic, Victoria Jubilee and Old Head and Edward VII, in higher grades.
  • Sovereigns from 1817 onwards including near complete dates from 1817 to 1825 with the rarely seen 1823 and 1825. GB 1887 2 Pounds in EF and AU extend the sovereign range.
  • 69 hammered Islamic coin lots, including 41 gold, from AH 60 (AD 680) onwards. These are great value, mostly in the $200 to $600 range, based on both bullion and rarity. Further milled Islamic coins, including Ottoman, Egyptian, Saudi Arabian & Moroccan are in the World sections.
  • More than 200 gold coins and medals in total.
  • Military medals number 26 lots.
  • 64 banknote lots include 6 NZ trading banknotes, 3 Lefeaux notes from a relative of Lefeaux’s, Reserve Bank decimal issues, with first and scarcer last prefixes, star notes and the Hardie $1 to $100 same number set and World accumulations.
  • A Waitangi proof set and single Crown.
  • Fully UNC NZ early predecimals and NZ error coins including three great brockages, wrong planchets, mules and a rare undated 10 cent 2011 proof set.
  • New Zealand and Australia tokens include many higher grade, scarcer examples with 4 different Lipman Levy types, AS Wilson, Forsaith, Morris Marks, Gourlay and Anderson.
  • The NZ 1879 pattern penny in AU, estimated at $5500.
  • World coins range over affordable accumulations to Canadian, Chinese & Hawaii $1s, a Russian 1842 platinum 3 roubles, Tongan 1967 Palladium set and a small ancient selection.

Grateful thanks are again due to our many vendors and loyal buyers for their support and the staff who put in a huge effort to produce this catalogue and sale. They include Nicola Bowden, Jared Thornton, Rodney Hall, Maree Malin, Keren Malin, Jan McDonald, Paul Stark and company founder John Mowbray.

David Galt
Director, Coins, Medals and Banknotes

Coming Mowbray Numismatic Auctions

Friday 25th and Saturday 26th May 2018 – Special Auction featuring many New Zealand trading banknotes, extensive range of Reserve Bank notes up to 50 Pounds, scarce New Zealand coins including 1879 Pattern Penny, Waitangi Crown, many higher grade New Zealand coins, tokens and error coins, foreign banknotes and more.

21st September – Mowbray International Auction

Entries are invited for these auctions now. Please contact David Galt, Director Coins Medals and Banknotes 022 032 1143, 06 364 8270 or