Estimate $16,500

Estimate $2,000

Estimates $5,000 & $6,000

Estimate $3,000

Upcoming Auction Dates


A small number of lots are still available for purchase at reserve following our 26th Numismatic auction on 12th March.

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We will even send these out freight free within New Zealand.

Some great value lots are included. Look for the key date Half Sovereign of 1862, the scarcer dates of Charles II Crowns, the unusual country of RAS AL-KHAIMAH 10 Riyals, European coins and interesting NZ Note errors.

Contact us now to purchase at the listed reserve price plus buyer premium of 17% (plus GST on the buyer’s premium for NZ clients only).  Email or phone +64 6 364 8270 to order.


Friday 12th March 2021

Commencing at 12 noon
West Plaza Hotel, Wellington 


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

Reserves on almost all gold lots have now been set at the bidding step at or above 60% of estimate.


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Auction 26 - Friday, March 12, 2021


At the premises of Mowbray Collectables (Main Highway, Otaki) by appointment;
or at the West Plaza Hotel, Wellington: Thursday 11th March 10am to 6pm, and Friday 12th March 9am to 11.15am.


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 12th 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 54p, USA 74c, Euro 61c, Australia 95c.   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 12 March Auction has something for everyone and offers many large lots. All lots are illustrated online at The auction will be held both in room and online.

The auction presents large collections from coin collectors from Hawkes Bay, Ashburton and Auckland and further military medals from the collection of Brian Connor. Of the 625 lots, 129 are modern world coin lots with large numbers from Germany, Russia, France, Scandinavia, the USA, and other countries from 1500 onwards. A USA Flying Eagle and Indian Head cents set includes most of the scarce dates, with earlier higher grades, the 1877 in G, 1908S and 1909S (Lot 153, Est $2200). From Norway is the scarce Frederik III 8 skilling of 1665, S53. Sieg 4.7 – H 69 G in VF (Lot 113, Est $1500).

Ancient Greece, Judaea and Rome include 38 silver and bronze lots, mostly in the F – VF grade range, including attractive Roman Republican coins, many from a USA collection.

World gold numbers 72 lots with the cover item being a UNICEF Year of the Child gold Set of 12 issued from 1979, including the sought-after China 1979 450 yuan in Lot 285, Estimate NZ$16,500, showing children planting a flower, as a high-grade proof. The equivalent 30-coin silver UNICEF set is also offered with the scarce China 1979 35 yuan included (lot 150, Estimate $NZ 2000). Great Britain, Australian and New Zealand gold is well represented, from a William III 1695 guinea onwards through to 1980’s gold sovereign sets, and Sydney Mint full and half sovereigns. One special New Zealand gold lot includes a 2008 $10 commemorating Sir Edmund Hillary, with certificate number 1 for the issue, together with a 2007 Scott Base Antarctic first day cover signed by him, originally won as a prize in a promotion for the coins (Lot 520, Est $800).

The 17 Australia and New Zealand nineteenth century Tradesmens’ token feature a scarce 1854 J C Thornthwaite Threepence, A682, with the letters TOKEN visible under the word SILVER on the obverse & 5 over 4 on the reverse, toned but overall gVF. (Lot 454, Est $1500).

British coin lots number 86, from a Celtic Iceni silver unit through to recent decimals, including the scarce Kew gardens 50 pence and 50 pence coins struck on wrong planchets. Large numbers of English hammered coins are included, especially Shillings. Crowns from Charles II onwards include most dates.

New Zealand error coins offer wrong planchets, off centre strikes and the 2011 New Zealand Proof Set missing the 10-cent date (Lot 489, Est $600). Error notes include serial mismatches, folds, ink transfers and more.

Banknotes include BNZ and BNSW trading bank notes, the Hanna 50 Pounds in aVF (Lot 567, Est $2000) and a rare star replacement note, the Wilks $5, serial 001 003275*, one of only 29 known, in gVF (Lot 604, Est $1000). Many world banknotes are included as larger accumulations, including the ill-fated but popular Zimbabwe $100 trillion notes.

Military medals include New Zealand Medals, an Australian Queen’s South Africa War medal to Gunner J Gleeson of the New South Wales Artillery (Lot 1, Est $180), and Military Medals from World War 1, to Corporal P Henry of Otago for conspicuous gallantry and repairing telephone wires on the Western Front under heavy shell fire in 1918 (Lot 13, Est $460) and Private J W J McLeely of Canterbury who carried many wounded back under heavy shell fire, also in 1918 (Lot 15, Est $400).

Thanks once again to all our Mowbray team for their contributions and especially Senior Numismatist Nicola Bowden, John Mowbray, Maree Malin, Keren Malin, Jane Smelt, Margaret Galt and Jan McDonald. This is the last auction that Nicola will contribute to.  We wish her well as she moves to a new career.  We warmly welcome Liam Jennings as a Numismatist.

Thanks also to our buyers and vendors for their support and trust.


David Galt
Director Coins, Banknotes & Medals