PUBLIC numismatic Auction
Saturday 11th March 2017
Commencing at 1pm
West Plaza Hotel, Wellington, New Zealand
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At time of publishing (subject to change) NZ$ = UK 58p, USA 73c, Euro 68c, Australia 96c.
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Welcome to Mowbray Collectables' 17th auction. This is a record numismatic auction for both Mowbrays and New Zealand, with a total catalogue value of $518,435.
We bring you offerings for all budgets. As a long-time collector before coming to Mowbrays, I always aim to include a range of material that can appeal to all collectors – so again we have both affordable single coins, sets and bulk lots as well as iconic items with estimates up to $15,000 for the outstanding Egyptian Pentadrachm of Ptolemy II (284 – 246 BC) in EF on the front cover. The Ptolemy II Octadrachm is a close second at $12,000.
A new feature is a selection of New Zealand PROOF and UNC coins with wholesale opportunities as well as interest to collectors. Several PROOFS featuring the sought-after number 1 certificate and other low numbers are included, such as the 2009 Icons $10 gold coin and 2014 Aotearoa North Island and South Island map set of two $1 coins.
Other rare New Zealand items are the 2007 Scouting $10 with just 90 surviving, the 2004 Pukaki gold $10, and the 2003 Lord of the Rings three-coin gold $10 set. New Zealand gold extends to 38 lots.
Two Waitangi crowns are joined by a good selection of New Zealand errors in both banknotes and coins, 1935 Threepences, two rare UNC 1956 strapless threepences and our best-ever range of Tradesmen’s tokens. As well as an 1879 pattern penny in EF, we offer two rare high grade Henry Hall mule halfpennies, with E F Dease and Lipman Levy, and exceptional tokens from T S Forsaith, who was briefly New Zealand Premier and A S Wilson.
The outstanding feature of the auction is the ancient coin sections, ranging from affordable silver and copper, including in bulk, to gold rarities. Rare British Celtic coins, some with long pedigrees, are an exceptional opportunity, including the Dumnocoveros Tigirseno, Iceni and Cunobelinus gold staters. The European ancient coins date back to the dawn of coinage, in the 6th century BC, with coins of Mysia, Alexander the Great, Byzantium, Carthage, Persia, famous Roman leaders and Emperors such as Julius Caesar, Augustus, Tiberius, Nero, Hadrian and others.
There is a broad range of world gold – including our best-ever range of US gold coins – quarter, half, full and double eagles – and even the $1 and $3 coins. Hammered British gold classics such as the Edward III Noble and Edward IV Rose Noble are joined by French gold extending from John II (1360) to the Salut D’or of Henry VI 1422 -1453, Napoleon Bonaparte and twentieth century republican issues. Spanish Doubloon types will appeal those who appreciate legendary material while the Australian Prince Leonard of Hutt and American Samoan coins add fun and rarity to the catalogue. Modern world gold as well as other British hammered, guinea, sovereign and modern gold provide extensive numismatic and bullion opportunities.
There is no doubt about the cutest medal – it has to be the corgi in the 1972 Royal Silver Wedding 6 gold medal set. Great leaders and deeds can be found in the Commemorative medals – Captain James Cook in the 1779 dated Royal Society, L Pingo, silver commemorative medal and Oliver Cromwell after his rehabilitation in the eighteenth century.
The 21 Military Medals and groups represent an increase in quality and quantity, with significant medals including the 1944 DFC, Military Cross of World War I, the Punjab Medal of 1849 to John Walsh, and the Colonial Auxiliary Forces group of three to NZ Hon Lieutenant Sydney Spencer George. Some strike a somber note with several awarded to those killed in action. Especially significant to New Zealand is the Indian Mutiny Medal of 1857/8 to Patrick Gammie, surgeon with the 80th Staffordshire regiment that came to New Zealand in 1840 with first Governor William Hobson, acquired by the vendor in Taumarunui in the early 1960’s. A notable feature is the QSM, gold and other medals awarded to Champion New Zealand Piper Frank MacKinnon, Pipe Major and President of the City of Wellington Pipe Band. Other Honours recognize British achievement, including OBE and MBE groups.
Banknotes end the catalogue with mainly scarcer, earlier World banknotes and excitement in New Zealand errors, an unusual Fiji $5 error group with duplicated serials and bank notes from almost all New Zealand’s active 1930’s trading bank issuers. There are scarcer Reserve Bank issues – such as 1992 $100 note uncut blocks.
INSPECTION OF LOTS
At the premises of Mowbray Collectables (Main Highway, Otaki) by appointment until Thursday 9th March;
West Plaza Hotel, Wellington: Friday 10th March 10am to 6pm, and Friday 10th March prior to auction, from 8am.
FURTHER INFORMATION ON LOTS
For any enquiries regarding lot descriptions etc, contact our office, +64 6 364 8270 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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) Saturday 11th March (at your risk if not received by auctioneer in time). 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 15% (plus 15% GST on buyers premium for NZ buyers) will be added to the hammer price of each lot.
All Estimates are in New Zealand Dollars
We Accept all Major Credit Cards (Amex & Diners will incur a 3% surcharge)
BIDS UNDER 70% OF ESTIMATE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED (Some lots may have reserves above this)
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