Estimate $23,000

Estimate $5,000

Estimate $50,000

Estimate $1,500

Estimate $1,500


Friday 21st September 2018

Commencing at 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 21 - Friday, 21 September 2018


At the premises of Mowbray Collectables (Main Highway, Otaki) by appointment;
West Plaza Hotel, Wellington: Thursday 20th September 10am to 6pm, and Friday 21st September from 8am until approx 1 hour before the auction commences.

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 + 12) Friday 21st 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.

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 51p, USA 66c, Australia 91c, Euro 58c.   Click here for an online currency converter.

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Vendor bids are not accepted.

Our 21st International Numismatic Auction, the third auction for 2018, features 575 lots totalling $243,000.

Top billing goes to the only Albert Medal and Royal Humane Society of New Zealand Gold medal pair ever awarded in New Zealand, estimated at $NZ 23,000 and on the market for the first time. Charles Augustus Chapman, Australian by birth, received the awards for successive rescues of 4 people from drowning in severe floods in Paparoa, North Auckland, in 1920, having swum out 75 meters or more in swift currents to rescue the people clinging to trees. Five less fortunate people died.

Medals include the rare New Zealand Medal pair awarded to Lieutenant W H Free in the New Zealand Wars, estimated at $NZ 7000, together with his framed commissions. Free fought in both the 1845 and 1860’s campaigns, surviving battles where many British soldiers were killed, later becoming a local politician in Taranaki and farm manager for the New Zealand Premier, Sir Harry Atkinson. One of 13 official specimens of the New Zealand Cross from 1958 by Mayer and Kean, is estimated at $2500. For those who like the quirky, we offer a waistcoat dating back to the Indian mutiny and pin dating to Sebastopol in the Crimean War under militaria.

Commemorative, award and sports medal lots total 121, some with large numbers of sports, dancing, skating and other medals, many with gold and silver content and huge variety – US, Europe, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, pastoral, horticultural, industrial and more. They date back to 1790 for a Russian Catherine the Great octagonal medal for victory over Sweden and 1714 for George I’s entry to London.  An unusually elaborate set is 4 gold fencing medals to Charles George Bothner 1885 – 97, the only US Amateur ever to win all three fencing weapons titles in one year in the USA.

World gold coins total 76 lots, including a Gold Sovereign Proof Set of 2009, Five Pounds to Quarter Sovereign, PCGS PR69, estimated at $5000, two Roman gold solidi of Valens and Valentinian and a rare Dumnocoveros Tigirseno stater, AD 25 – 35, estimated at $4900 in gVF. New Zealand gold coins include a superb proof Pukaki 2004 gold $10.

Other world coins include a balance of ancient Greek, Roman, Islamic and modern coins, including an AE Dupondius of Julius Caesar in VF estimated at $NZ800 and Athenian “Owl” tetradrachm in EF at $1200.  A special feature is Indian coins, with many British Indian silver coins as well as Mughal and Princely States. British coins include Maundy sets of 1763 (EF) and 1836 (AU) and a pointed helmet penny of Cnut (1024 – 1030), S1158, slight bend but otherwise very attractive EF.

New Zealand coins include two Waitangi Crowns, one estimated at $6200 in AU with very sharp detail and another in aEF estimated at $6000.  Many other high-grade New Zealand predecimal coins and proof decimals feature. Forty NZ error coin lots are included, with the rare Solomon Islands 2000 $5 mule set at estimated at $2000, the 2011 proof set with missing date ten cent at $800 and a superb 1967 – 89 reverse twenty cent full brockage in UNC at $900.

Tokens include high grade examples of Wilson, Mears and the Lipman Levy/ HJ Hall Halfpenny mule, all aEF or better, and one lot of 11 nineteenth century unofficial British farthings, some scarce. We don’t normally highlight holed coins, but the Morrin & Co Penny, A389, holed but otherwise F, is missing from many collections

The best New Zealand banknote is the rare New Zealand Fleming £50 in aVF, serial R131656, one of few numbered below R199, estimated at $5000. A near complete offering of Wilson £5 prefixes and selection of Lefeaux Ten Shillings to One Pounds add interest as do the Proof BNZ 1924 5 pounds and Bank of New South Wales 10 pounds circa 1870. The rare 1845 Edward Dorset Pound and Shilling shinplasters also feature and there will be few opportunities to acquire these again. World banknotes include an Australian Cerutty/Collins 1918 Pound, P4d in aF, unusual Saar issues and for those who like big numbers, a group of eight Zimbabwe $100 trillion.

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

Grateful thanks are again due to Ian, our buyers and staff for their support. The Mowbray team who produced this catalogue and sale include Nicola Bowden, Jared Thornton, Rodney Hall, Maree Malin, Keren Malin, Jan Macdonald, Paul Stark, Kirsten Fulford and John Mowbray. 

David Galt
Director, Coins, Medals and Banknotes

Coming Mowbray Numismatic Auctions

March 2019
September 2019

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