Estimates $20,000, $10,000, $30,000

Estimate $2,500

Estimates $50,000, $30,000

Estimate $12,500

Upcoming Auction Dates


Friday 15th March 2019

Commencing at 1pm (please note the catalogue cover incorrectly states 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 all successful bids placed through the live bidding facility).  Click to access the live bidding facility.

Auction 22 - Friday, March 15, 2019


At the premises of Mowbray Collectables (Main Highway, Otaki) by appointment;
West Plaza Hotel, Wellington: Thursday 14th March 10am to 6pm, and Friday 15th march from 8am until 12.15pm.

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Mowbray Collectables Sale 22 on Friday 15 March 2019, with 604 lots, offers the most comprehensive collection of NZ gold coins (51) ever offered at auction. The 2017 $150 5oz gold Taniwha coin, estimated at $12,500 has the highest estimate. British gold includes the 1988 Britannia set of
four from 10 to 100 Pounds estimated at $3500 and the popular 1989 Gold Sovereign 4 coin proof set for the 500th anniversary of the sovereign (Est $7000). World, British and Australian gold coin lots total 45, providing a good range as interest in gold coins refreshes internationally. Also estimated at $7000 is a Tonga 1967 Coronation Palladium set with quarter, half and one hau, with the estimate reflecting the surge in the price of Palladium this year.

New Zealand coins include a Waitangi Crown in AU, estimated at $6500, the best offered by Mowbrays in recent years. Fully BU New Zealand predecimal silver is rare but the auction includes a 1945 florin estimated at $300. Australia and New Zealand tokens include a St John’s Wellington 1886 Communion token near UNC at $2000 and a Wilson penny in aEF at $1000. New Zealand coins include a good range of 66 decimal lots, including scarce recent sell-out commemoratives and 24 error coin lots.

British coins include 25 British hammered silver coins from 16 different monarchs, from Aethelred II (Long Cross penny 997-1003, VF, S1151) to Charles I (Penny 1639-40, F, S 2848). There are many USA coins with key dates including the 1885 Liberty Head nickel in gF estimated at $1000 and a 1921 Liberty Standing Half Dollar in VF at $500. More Islamic coins and many popular world bulk lots are included. The 22 ancient coin lots include Greek coins such as the Seleucid Alexander I Balas Tetradrachm, Tyre, 150 to 145 BC, Sear 8033, in EF (Est $800) and the Mysia Kyzikos Tetradrachm, 390 – 330 BC, S3853 with Persephone and Lion’s Head in VF (Est $1200).

The New Zealand Medal pair to Colonel Charles Stapp tops the medals on offer with a $NZ 5000 estimate. Stapp joined the 58th Foot in Ireland, then proceeded guarding convicts to Tasmania in time to be sent to New Zealand where he earned his first NZ medal in 1845, taking part in all major engagements and carrying a wounded man under heavy fire at Ohaeawai. Stapp went to Crimea then returned to Taranaki and fought again from 1860 to 1866, becoming Brevet Major. He retired from the militia as Colonel in 1891 with 33 years of service, earning the second medal for Long and Efficient Services. Stapp was gazetted as earning a second New Zealand Medal but renounced his claim upon learning the Colonial Government had adopted a policy of only awarding one.

Also from the New Zealand Wars period is is a pair of New Zealand Agricultural Society medals for Southdown ram hogs awarded to Every Maclean in 1866 at first show for 4 years, other shows having been cancelled due to the war, estimated at $600. Apart from being a successful farmer and militia Captain, Maclean was briefly acting Superintendent of the Auckland province. There are 33 commemorative and other medal lots and 35 sports medal lots from around the globe, many with gold and silver content and back to the nineteenth century for important events.

New Zealand Trading Bank notes include a 1 April 1921 BNZ 5 Pounds in F, a date unlisted by Clifford (Est $2500), and a National Bank 1928 One Pound in F (Est $1000). The 84 Reserve Bank of New Zealand note lots include the Hanna £50, O/U 190637 in F at $1800 and Fleming £50 R 199069 (UNC) at $3000, a range of 1934 – 40 Lefeaux 10/- to £5 and decimal same number sets, including two rare Hardie Type II sets of $1 to $100, with an estimated 45 produced (Est $800 each). Rare errors include an UNC sequence of 10 Knight $2s, all with differing serials, by up to 7 digits difference, (Est $4000), marking a really bad day at the printing press; a pair of Hardie Type II $50 with exactly the same serials on both notes (gVF & EF, Est $800); and a scarce Hardie $10, last prefix 33E, note with the right serial completely missing in gEF (Est $500).

Also with a New Zealand and Australian link are two Gruppignano Italian 1942 POW camp 10 and centesimi notes in F, estimated at $200 each. Gruppignano held up to 4000 Australian and New Zealand POWs at peak in tough conditions. Scarcer notes amongst the 33 world banknote lots include Timor 1 pataca notes of 1910 (P1) and 1945 (P15) in F, each estimated at $300.

Thanks to all who have contributed, our vendors and buyers, and hard-working staff, especially Nicola Bowden, Paul Stark, Keren Malin, Maree Malin, Jan MacDonald and John Mowbray, who have worked on this numismatic auction.

David Galt