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Upcoming Auction Dates


Friday 6th March 2020

 West Plaza Hotel, Wellington
Commencing at 1pm

Mowbray’s 24th International Auction will be online from mid February 2020. It will include coins, medals and banknotes.

Entries are invited and close on 16 December 2019. Contact us on +64 6 3648270 or at

Lots will include a 1 January 1887 New Zealand Colonial Bank 1 Pound gF; BNZ 10 pounds 1921, F; Fleming 50 Pounds R146298, EF; World Wildlife Fund 25th Anniversary gold 13 coin proof set; New Zealand 1964 Proof Threepence; rare Peoples Republic of China Gold coins; many Latin American silver dollars; Great Britain George III - William IV high grade gold coins; Khedive's Sudan Medal 1897, Atbara clasp & Queen's Sudan Medal 1899 and much more.

In the meantime scroll down to view our previous auction #23 which was held on 20th September 2019.


Friday 20th September 2019

Commencing at 1pm
West Plaza Hotel, Wakefield Street, Wellington, New Zealand

Bid now on our website on all lots listed in the sections below.  Scroll down to see details of auction highlights.

Click here to download a PDF of the catalogue.

Auction 23 - Friday, September 20, 2019


At the premises of Mowbray Collectables (Main Highway, Otaki) by appointment;
West Plaza Hotel, Wellington: Thursday 19th September 10am to 6pm, and Friday 20th September from 8am until 12.15pm.

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 20th 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.
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 (approximateNZ Dollar equals UK 53p, USA 65c, Euro 58c, Australia 96c.   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.

Welcome to Mowbray Collectables 23rd Public Numismatic Auction.  Outstanding features of the 776 lots with total estimates of $NZ334,000 are the ranges of World, British and gold coins and historical medals, many from the collection of Bryan Pike, an important Waikato collector. There are scarce New Zealand items too such as the 1949 Proof penny, and good ranges of New Zealand same number banknotes sets,
including Reserve Bank Staff only issues, and higher-grade World

Mowbrays strongest USA coins offering yet has 48 lots. Colonial Hibernia and Rosa Americana coins include a 1723 Penny, km10, in gEF, estimated at $NZ1000. Commemorative 50 cents from 1918 to 1952, include the scarce 1921 Missouri 50 Cent, km149.1, estimated at $600 in AU. A commemorative dollar of 1900, with
Washington and Lafayette, estimates at $1000 in AU. Ten US gold Dollars to Double Eagle are offered.

The many silver Crown sized coins include the Australian Swan Dollar of 1967, nicely toned in UNC (est $1200), the Hawaii Dollar of 1883, in gVF, est $600 and Hong Kong 1867 Dollar, VF, est $600. Bulk lots with many coins make this an auction for all collectors. There are 20 early Spanish dollars, from a 1678 cob Potosi mint 8 reales in F, $280 estimate, through to better struck milled coins from 1749 to 1821 as Spain lost its South American colonies. It doesn’t stop there – 23 later Mexican official and revolutionary lots show the product of rich silver mines. Spain itself is represented by 11 lots including 4 gold coins. All up there are 63 World gold lots, such as the infrequently seen Dominican Republic 30 Pesos 1955 (est $1800, EF) and Saudi Arabia 1947 Sovereign struck at Philadelphia for oil payments (est $3000, AU).

The 103 British coins lots offer 24 maundy sets from Charles II to Elizabeth II, and almost all monarchs in between. Other features are the Ireland Charles I 1643 Ormonde civil war shilling, s6546, est $600 in VF; George II young bust Crown of 1739, VF, est $1000; and emergency issues of 1797 to 1804, with oval and octagonal counterstamps, the best an oval counterstamped British dollar on a scarce Potosi 1793 8 reales host coin in aEF, est $1000. British gold ranges from a George II 1735 guinea in gF, est $800, to Elizabeth II Gold Sovereign Proof Sets with full Half Sovereign to Five Pounds sets of 1980 and 1985, both estimated at $4400.

Military Medals include 37 lots, mainly British, from the 1849 Punjab pattern medal to the 1930’s, two specimen New Zealand Medals from the 1860’s, estimated at $300 each and a New Zealand Queen’s South Africa award. Perhaps the most interesting is the British General Service Medal, 1918 - 30 with Iraq clasp, est $600. Frank Riley, to whom it was awarded, was the son of the Archbishop of Perth, WA, a Captain in World War I, and a Journalist thought killed by the troops of Chiang Kai Shek in China in 1927.

Amongst 89 commemorative and other medals are many British and French Historical medals, predominantly from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries and Mowbrays’ finest ever offering in this class. They are topped by the series of 40 Bronze 41 mm medals by famed medallist Mudie, commemorating British military and naval victories from the Napoleonic war period, issued in the 1820’s. In superb condition, they estimate at $7000. Napoleon has his say too with a Droz & Denon medal for the ill-fated planned invasion of England, showing his laureated bust and Hercules wrestling with a lion. A Pingo Bronze Cook medal of 1784, is estimated at $1000 in AU. Sponsored by the Royal Society to mark the death of Captain James Cook in 1779, it is highly relevant to this 250th anniversary year of his discovery of New Zealand. A further Pingo medal marks the 1760 accession of George III (Eimer 683), est $300, and another in silver by Briot, F, marks the Scottish coronation of
Charles I in 1633, also est $300.

A banknote highlight is a large offering of high grade, largely UNC modern world banknote issues from the collection of Dr Ray Hargreaves, prominent NZ numismatic author. New Zealand banknote lots include 4 trading bank notes, including a Bank of Australasia 5

February 1926 5 pounds estimated at $3200 in F, a CBA Ten Shillings in VG estimated at $1400 and a good range of Reserve Bank issues, up to a Wilson 50 pounds in F, est $1400. Decimals include a near full range of same number decimal sets from 1999 on, including the Reserve Bank staff only Wheeler 2015/16 issue, estimated at $1000 and scarce “Noteworthy” same number set of 10 notes from the 1989 – 1993 period, est $1400.

The very rare New Zealand 1949 Penny Proof, estimated at $2300, is offered for the first time by Mowbrays. Also from New Zealand are a Morris Marks Penny estimated at $400 in gVF, 1950’s sets of UNC coins, not often found in high grades and 15 gold lots.

Thanks to all the Mowbrays team for making this auction, including John Mowbray, Nicola Bowden, Paul Stark, Keren Malin, Maree Malin and Jan McDonald and thank you to all our buyers and vendors for your support.

David Galt