Nine People Who Shaped Australia – and why they’ll be remembered forever.

Dec 11, 2017 Leave Comment

The deeper you look into Australia’s colonial history, the more intrigue you’re likely to find. Before Australia became ‘Australia,’ and all separate colonies joined together to form a single nation in 1901, the struggles and triumphs of nine extraordinary people had a profound effect on shaping the country we know today. These are some ..

The man who put Australia on the map

Nov 21, 2017 Leave Comment

[caption id="attachment_2745" align="alignleft" width="381"] Glass lantern slide of Captain Cook, c. 1910-1950, Gordon H. Woodhouse. Image courtesy of Libraries Australia.[/caption] Born in October 1728, James Cook rose from humble beginnings to become ‘one of the greatest of Englishmen’. This is the story of his historic maiden voyage - and..

The Hidden Coin Challenge – 1859 Ansell Sovereign

Nov 01, 2017 Leave Comment

The great rarities of the British Gold Sovereign Series often emerge under unlikely circumstances, and are regularly underpinned by an unusual, interesting heritage. Immensely rare and highly sought after worldwide, the 1859 ‘Ansell’ Gold Sovereign is no exception to the rule. In 1859, the Royal Mint in London produced more than one and half..

When the Guns Fell Silent

Oct 31, 2017 Leave Comment

[caption id="attachment_2737" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Two minutes' silence at an Armistice Day service on the steps of Parliament House, Melbourne, early 1920s. Image courtesy of State Library of South Australia, PRG 280/1/30/58.[/caption] After years of conflict and millions of lives lost, war was finally over. It was the eleventh ..

On This Day: The Cavalry Charge at Beersheba

Oct 31, 2017 Leave Comment

Today marks the 100th Anniversary of the historic Cavalry Charge at Beersheba, Israel – a moment that showed the world the kind of incredible courage and audacity that Australian troops were capable of. It was a moment of inspiration. When Australian Brigadier General William Grant called upon the Australian Light Horsemen to draw their bayonets..

Ken Downie Recipient of Lord Mayor’s Commendation

Oct 26, 2017 Leave Comment

Downies is proud to congratulate Ken Downie for receiving the Lord Mayor’s Commendation this year! Southbank Local News has written a lovely article on the event. An excerpt and link to the full article are below. From the article: [caption width="293" align="alignnone"] Ken & Kath Downie. Image courtesy Southbank Local News.[/caption] Ken D..

Smooth Rider delights crowds at ANDA

Sep 22, 2017 Leave Comment

This golden oldie made its first big public outing since the 1930s - and fans were keen to get on the bandwagon. If its latest public appearance is anything to go by, the famous gold nugget nicknamed ‘Smooth Rider’ has still got what it takes to turn heads! The whopping 78.39 ounce gold nugget was front and centre at the Australian Numismatic ..

The New $10 Explained

Sep 21, 2017 Leave Comment

There are plenty of bells and whistles you’ll want to check out when you get your hands on the RBA’s brand-new $10 note. Chances are, you’ve heard the news. The Reserve Bank of Australia’s brand-new $10 Polymer Note is here, armed with a suite of new design, security and even tactile features to elevate the humble ‘tenner’ to a whol..

Think forgery has been the ruin of Australian currency? Think again.

Sep 19, 2017 Leave Comment

Currency forgers often make headlines. After all, if you’re creating headaches for the Government, baffling law enforcement personnel and placing the national economy in jeopardy – among other things! – you might become infamous, but you’ll likely never be seen in a positive light. Forgery is bad for Australia. It’s a black-and-white ..

85 years in the biz, and other rarities

Aug 17, 2017 Leave Comment

It’s a rare family business that grows from strength to strength over a course of 85 years – and at Downies Coins, it’s something we’re incredibly thankful for. So last week, we took an equally rare opportunity to stop, reflect and celebrate. Joined by some of our customers in the Southgate store, we were particularly honoured to play ho..