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Upcoming Auction Dates


Auction #28 Unsold Lots 

A small number of lots are still available for purchase at reserve following our 28th Numismatic auction on 18th March.

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Friday 18th March 2022

Commencing at 12.30pm
West Plaza Hotel, Wellington


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[Please note for those attending these auctions, we will be observing all Covid-19 protocols in place at the time.]

Auction 28 - Friday, March 18, 2022


At the premises of Mowbray Collectables (Main Highway, Otaki) by appointment;
or at the West Plaza Hotel, Wellington: Thursday 17th March 10am to 6pm, and Friday 18th March 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 + 13) Friday 18th 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.

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 49p, USA 67c, Euro 59c, Australia 93c.   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.

Our 18th March 2022 numismatic auction in Wellington offers 585 lots estimated at $422,635. The auction will be held at the West Plaza Hotel in accordance with our current Covid policies and Government regulations. The full catalogue is online with every lot

The catalogue is diverse. Strengths are in high grade British coins, rare New Zealand patterns, military medals and badges and world coins from outstanding old collections. Top billing goes to the rare South Africa 1939 Proof Set, Farthing to Half Crown, Lot 239 (Est $16,000), one of just 30. The Shilling and Sixpence are found only in the sets.  British coins (93 lots) feature strongly from three 1960’s collectors who sought high grade items long before their peers. They include include an 1826 proof Halfcrown (Lot 374, Est $5000).

Rare pattern 1980’s New Zealand coins feature in 10 lots. They include a 1983 pattern proof set with the early dollar design missing foliage on the twenty cent (Lot 489, Est $5000), and 1986 twenty cent coins with the James Berry effigy of the Queen in Proof and AU (Lots 487 & 488, Est’s $2500 & $2000). There are also interesting error and higher grade predecimal coins.

Banknotes include the 50 Pounds of Fleming and Wilson and the rare second prefix, first Lefeaux 1934 pound, serial 1A 000001, (Lot 541, Est $7000), saved when paid for an Alexandra Hotel room in 1935. Major trading banks’ notes are well represented. One of two possible examples is the Fleming solid number $100, G222222, in aEF, (Lot 552, Est $1600), and probably unique. The best world banknote is the Tahiti Banque de l’Indochine 20 francs of 18 March 1914, F, an unlisted date but rare in any case (Lot 530, Est $5000). World accumulations are worth inspection.

Gold coin lots number 83. A 1938 Fire Brigade gold fob medal (Lot 170, Est $600), awarded to former Timaru Mayor J Hole, is shaped as a fireman’s helmet and crossed axes.

A love token (Lot 460, Est $2500) of Charles Quinn (aged 20), sentenced to life in Van Diemen’s land at the Warwickshire Assizes in 1843 and Mary Kiveren (?), 19, shows pictorial maritime engraving.

Military medal lots number 77 and badge lots 78. The medals include an Air Force Cross (Lot 35 Est $1800), a DFC (Lot 26, Est $1800) and a Military Medal (Lot 17, Est $1400) to Cpl Ola Gordon Richter, who became the signatory for 1920’s BNZ £100 notes. New Zealand and British badges offer bulk lots from a superb collection such as scarce early helmet badges of the 3rd Battalion Wellington East Coast Rifle Volunteers, Thames Scottish Volunteers and Waimea Rifles (Est’s $700 - $800).

Thanks once again to all the Mowbray team for their hard work in producing this catalogue, especially Numismatists Liam Jennings and Ken Matthews and John
Mowbray, Colin McKenzie, Maree Malin, Keren Malin, Margaret Galt, Jan Macdonald and Kirsten Fulford.


David Galt
Director - Coins, Banknotes & Medals