History of Sydney Harbour Bridge in numbers!

Mar 19, 2017 Leave Comment

1,400 – the number of men it took to construct the Bridge 8 – the numbers of years it took to build the Bridge 122,000 – the cubic metres of rock excavated for the foundations 6,000,000 & 53,000 – hand-driven rivets and tonnes of steel used in construction respectively 272,000 – the litres of paint required for the initial..

Downies Auction 320 Prices Realised 321 Consignments

Nov 18, 2015 Leave Comment

A grand event for Australian numismatics, Downies Australian Coin Auctions Sale 320 was an outstanding success! Comprising more than 3,500 lots, our last auction for 2015 was highlighted by a number of exquisite English Hammered pieces, which as expected sold well above estimate. We saw nearly a million dollars’ worth of material go under the ..

Now Accepting Consignments For Auction 320

Aug 10, 2015 Leave Comment

If you are a reader of Coin & Banknote Magazine (CAB) you may have seen the ad below in the latest edition, asking for consignments for Auction 320 - to be held on November 10 & 11 at Box Hill Town Hall. The Box Hill Town Hall location proved to be a well-received venue for our last auction, which included the Royal Australian Mint's Maste..

Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Marked at Parliament House

Jun 15, 2015 Leave Comment

Today marks the 800th anniversary of the creation of Magna Carta - a document that has formed the foundation of democracy across Western civilisation. As part of the anniversary celebrations, the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, together with Bronwyn Bishop, Bill Shorten, Royal Australian Mint CEO Ross MacDiarmid and other dignitaries, are marking the ..

Royal Australian Mint Master Collection Coins of Interest

May 22, 2015 Leave Comment

While the Royal Australian Mint's Master Collection - being auctioned on May 26 at Box Hill Town Hall as part of Downies Australian Coin Auctions Sale 319 - is in and of itself a special event, on account of every item in the auction being a special production unit coin and not included in the official mintage, we've picked out a small selection of..

Downies Presents The Royal Australian Mint’s Master Collection

May 07, 2015 Leave Comment

An auction unlike any other in Australian history, Downies is delighted to present the Royal Australian Mint’s Master Collection – an assembly of ‘production standard master’ coins used to ensure the highest possible quality in the creation of Australia’s decimal coinage. Uniquely Australian and never offered before! The Royal A..

The 2015 $1 Colour Poppy Coin is coming to Downies!

Apr 28, 2015 Leave Comment

We are pleased to announce that the limited edition 2015 $1 WWI War Heroes Colour Coin featuring the red poppy motif is now available to order from Downies! This official Australian legal tender coin was originally part of a promotion that saw fourteen 20 cent coins made available to the general public through newsagents over a two week peri..

New 2015 Colour Lest We Forget $2 Coin Design Revealed

Apr 19, 2015 Leave Comment

The design for the new 2015 Lest We Forget colour $2 circulation coin has been revealed today at a special ANZAC Commemoration Ceremony held in Melbourne. The event was held at the Malvern Cricket Ground in Melbourne's inner east, hosted by the Honorable Kelly O'Dwyer MP (Federal Member for Higgins & Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer) a..

New 2015 Poppy Red Gallipoli $2 Coin Issued For Circulation

Apr 15, 2015 Leave Comment

It has been announced that a newly designed $2 coin will be issued into circulation as of Monday, April 20, 2015. The surprise announcement was made on the 3AW radio station yesterday, when Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer Kelly O'Dwyer was discussing the events to be held at Malvern Gardens as part of the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli co..

Aussies – You could have a $2,500 coin in your change right now!

May 26, 2014 Leave Comment

The humble Australian 20c piece has a surprising number of secrets – one of which is worth a potential $2,500 to anyone lucky enough to find it. Over at Downies.com we’ve put together an infographic that takes a look at the 20 cent piece, and some of the valuable error types that can be found in change. Check it out here Have you found a val..