114 Press Release

Monday, 27 February 2017

  • Very rare pattern and specimen Australian coins including a specimen gold sovereign dated 1872 (lot 1135 estimate $25,000) and a specimen penny 1916I (lot 1138 estimate $30,000) and many other pre 1951 issues.


  • Several NSW Proclamation coins including four of the rare fifteen pence (or dump) 1813, one is among the finest known (lots 1039-1042 estimate $1,500 – 35,000).

  • Two examples of the rare Adelaide gold pound 1852 issued in colonial South Australia (lots 1043 & 1044) including a first type (estimate $40,000) and a second type (estimate $28,000).

  • Several rare gold sovereigns and half sovereigns including some of the finest known, for example a 1922 Melbourne sovereign (lot 2583 estimate $24,000) and a 1923 Sydney sovereign (lot 2585 estimate $22,500).

  • Three 1930 pennies, the scarcest circulating penny (lots 1353-1355 estimates $17,500 - $25,000).

  • Large collection of Australian and New Zealand Tradesmen’s tokens, checks, discount and special purpose tokens (lots 696-1018).

  • Many rare Australian and world banknotes including many world specimen issues and a rare presentation set of Australia’s first decimal banknotes (1966) presented to Sir Roland Wilson by Reserve Bank Governor H.C.Coombs (lot 2815 estimate $20,000).

  • Rare early share certificate signed by several prominent colonials and dated 18 August 1818 for one share of capital stock of Australia’s first bank, the Bank of New South Wales  (lot 3859 estimate $5,000).

  • Several historic convict era and other hand-created tokens including one from Captain Bligh’s second breadfruit voyage 1792-1793 and a rare hand carved ivory encrypted Masonic medal c1790 (lots 2823-2827).

  • Extremely rare medal issued for Separation of Victoria from New South Wales in 1850 when Self Government was granted, and privately produced by a Victorian engraver and printing plate maker (lot 2830 estimate $12,500).

  • Rare Citizen’s Royal Reception Committee badge in gold issued to committee members for the Royal Visit to Open the First Federal Parliament in 1901. The badge is named to Professor T.P.Anderson Stuart MD a prominent psychologist, administrator and Dean of Medicine and Fellow of the Senate at the University of Sydney (lot 2868 estimate $750).

  • Collection of Captain Cook medals and other memorabilia (lots 1899-1991) and various other lots throughout the catalogue.

  • Presentation medals on record sales achievements named to Barry Crocker, Johnny O’Keefe and Jimmy Little (lots 2916-2918  estimate $150 each).

  • Rare Colonial NSW Volunteers Army 1866 presentation baton made in silver by Julius Hogarth (lot 2154 estimate $7,500).

  • Presentation sword named to Captain H.G. Chauvel later General Sir Henry ‘Harry’ George Chauvel GCMG, KCB, a legend in Australia’s colonial and Commonwealth military forces (lot 2155, Estimate $25,000). 

  • Very important Ghuznee 1839 Medal awarded to the earliest Australian born (Sydney Cove 1 May 1793) military officer, Captain Constantine William Cowley, the son of a First Fleet Surgeon on the Scarborough and a First Fleet convict woman on the Lady Penrhyn (lot 2031 estimate $7,500). 

  • George Cross (the equivalent of the Victoria Cross but not in face of the enemy) and Distinguished Service Cross and Mentioned on Despatches to an Australian in the Motor Launch Division of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, for his actions at Dunkirk harbour and in the attacks on the enemy held ports of Ostend and Zeebrugge during WWI (lot 2072 estimate $30,000).

  • Important Lloyd’s Medal for Bravery to a Maritime Navy ship’s captain torpedoed three times and later Marine Superintendent for Australia of the Blue Star Line (lot 2025 estimate $2,200).

  • A large assortment of honours, decorations, awards and badges including to soldiers killed at Gallipoli and Prisoners of War, one executed in New Guinea.

  • Medals and memorabilia of Sir Percy Spender, former Australian Federal Minister and Australian Ambassador to USA (lot 2060 estimate $2,000).

  • Rare New Zealand sets of coins from the collection of former Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon (lots 670-672 estimates $1,000-2500).

  • A large collection of Chinese ancient, provincial, Empire, Republic and People’s Republic issues of coins, many unusual types and some rarities (lots 4433-4589), also Chinese carvings, statutes and other oriental antiquities (lots 1488-1510).

  • A large number of other coins in gold, silver and bronze, Commonwealth coins and banknotes, world coins and banknotes, ancient Greek, Roman and Islamic coins, medieval coinage, stamps, other collectables including watches and jewellery and even a collection of numerous natural gold nuggets.

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