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Upcoming Auction Dates


Numismatic Auction 31

Friday 22nd September 2023
Commencing at 12 noon

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Auction 31 - Friday, September 22, 2023


At the premises of Mowbray Collectables (Main Highway, Otaki) by appointment;
or at the West Plaza Hotel, Wellington: Thursday 21st September 10am to 5.30pm, 
and Friday 22nd September 9am to 11.15am sharp.


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 22nd 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.

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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.

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Rare New Zealand Items Stand Out in Mowbray Sale

This 560 lot auction offers an exceptional range of hard to find coins, banknotes and error coins. World coins and notes, especially rare early twentieth century Chinese notes, gold, collections and military medals are also strengths. There is something for everyone.

The unique 1965 UK/NZ halfpenny mule, pairing the NZ reverse with the UK obverse (Est $NZ 8000) the 1985 NZ Fifty Cents Obverse with a Canadian Dollar 1985 reverse (Est $7000), and Twenty Cents 1975, struck on a Hong Kong Two Dollar blank (Est $3000), provide a great line-up of rare mules.

The Waitangi Proof Set (Est $18,000) is amongst the best we have ever offered. And we have our best ever range of rare pre-decimal proofs not offered to the public: a 1937 Sixpence (Est $1800), 1947 Set of Halfcrown to Threepence (Est $12,500), 1960 Proof Halfpenny (Est $1700) and 1949 yellow Bronze Model pattern Crown (Est $800) and more rare decimal patterns. The Kapanui Communion token, unknown to Lampard (Est $1250) and Oamaru Obverse trial token in copper (Est $600) provide rare opportunities too. And for Australia, the 1839 convict love token, gVF, of James Barnacle, (Est $1000) stands out.

Of the 80 NZ banknote lots, a Wilks $5, 002* prefix, in aF, (Est $300), only eight other examples are known. Higher grade early Reserve Bank pre-decimal, decimal notes, same number sets, interesting 1934 - 40 Lefeaux’s and an 1845 Rowland Davis private issue Shilling, VG, at $500 extend the range.

World banknotes include an impressive collection assembled in China in the early 20th century and brought to New Zealand. The top lot is a consecutive pair of issued “Ta-Ching” Government Bank Ten Dollars from 1906, Hankow branch, estimated to hammer at $NZ9,000, PMG certified XF 45. Other top notes include an exceptional Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation Ten Dollars from 1920, certified as AU 50 EPQ, the finest of 42, (Est $4000). All up there are 52 World banknote lots with 223 Chinese banknotes in 40 lots.

World coin strengths are in 20 albums and collections and Federal Republic of Germany issues, with a sprinkling of ancients. Not often seen here is a collection of 36 Paraguay 150 Guaranies 1970’s silver proofs (Est $2100) with the personalities that leapt out of the pages of World Catalogues of the time – Beethoven, Einstein, John F Kennedy, Goethe and others. China again features with a Qing, Yunnan “Packsaddle” silver ingot, (Est $1500).

Great Britain coins offer a good hammered range including a Royalist Late Declaration Groat of Charles I, 1646, VF (Est $1500), a pair of William & Mary and James II tin farthings gF – VF (Est $300), a William IV groat, 1836, with 3mm offset, gVF (Est $400), and an 1860 Penny with the colon missing with numbers thought to be as low as 4 as recently as 2009, Est $500.

Over 100 Gold coins feature as always including the rarely seen NZ 2003 Lord of the Rings 3-coin set, Est $12,000.

The 70 military medal lots have high interest. The Waterloo medal to John Lutter, Gunner, Royal Horse Artillery, takes you close to the front line (Est $3500), as does the OBE Group to the Rev Richard Swann-Mason, present when the Lusitania sank and who officiated at the funeral of victims. A 13-medal group to Kiwi Major Justin McCarthy Power has amazing geographical coverage as he served from WWI to Korea over 40 years (Est $2000). The 1860 - 61 New Zealand Medal to Lieut. S. M. Medley, H.M.S. Iris, is an unusual date (Est $2000). Badges round out the militaria including an unusual large World Police Badge collection.

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, auction organisers Maree Malin, Kirsten Fulford, Bronwyn Mill, Jan Macdonald & Sallie Bassett.


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