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..

Featured Coin Producer: Coin Invest Trust, Innovative Numismatic Developer

May 13, 2013 Leave Comment

Modern collecting is often marked by a fervent desire for collectors to acquire the new and innovative. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but these unique modern issues are highly sought after - as long as they are also high quality. For many years now, Downies has partnered with, and been sole official Australian distributor for, one of the most inn..

February Footy Fever!

Feb 15, 2013 Leave Comment

Footy Season has started! An irresistible opportunity for fanatical football followers and passionate collectors alike, we are celebrating the start of the 2013 AFL season this weekend with some absolutely devastating discounts! Extremely exclusive, and officially licensed AFL products, the 2012 AFL Premiership Collection and the 2012 $1 AFL Premie..

Year of the Snake – a fortunate year in numismatics!

Feb 11, 2013 Leave Comment

Happy New Year! Yesterday was the first day of the Lunar New Year, and everyone here at Downies hopes you have a prosperous and happy Year of the Snake! The Snake is the 6th animal in the Lunar Zodiac, exemplified by traits such as awareness, cunning, pride and decisiveness. People born in the Year of the Snake (especially with this year’s elem..

The END is nigh! Armageddon commemorated with coins

Nov 27, 2012 Leave Comment

With a whiff of sulphur hanging in the air, mingling with the tortured screams of non-believers, the lines have been drawn on the final battlefield for the fight between good and evil – Armageddon! The end of the world is currently firmly in the public consciousness, thanks to the link between the date December 21st, 2012 and the end of the Meso..

Poppy palaver: The coin that came in from the cold

Nov 26, 2012 Leave Comment

Donning cloaks and drawing daggers, the Royal Canadian Mint issued the first colour coin for circulation, the Canadian 2004 Coloured Poppy 25c. Given that Australia has just had its first circulating colour coin issue the 2012 $2 Remembrance Day commemorative – which also features a poppy and has been garnering a lot of attention – what better ..

Benin Strikes Back! 2011 100 Francs Lily of the Valley Scent Colour Silver Plated BU

Dec 08, 2011 Leave Comment

With innovation driving the future of numismatics, Benin has broken the mould, releasing their fourth issue in the state of the art, ‘rub & sniff’ collection - the 2011 100 Francs Lily of the Valley Scent Colour Silver Plated BU. Featuring the Convallaria Majalis, commonly known as the ‘Lily of the Valley’, this official legal tender, ..

The verdict is in… 2011 Series of the Year

Dec 06, 2011 Leave Comment

Undeniably a captivating series, the Gothic Cathedrals collection has been awarded second prize in the Fifth International Commemorative Coins Contest - the 2011 Coin Constellation. Held September 28 2011 in the Marble palace of St Petersburg, Russia, more than 200 coins from 25 countries lined up to be judged on concept, artistic solution, origin..

2012 Lunar Dragons Coloured

Nov 23, 2011 Leave Comment

With every commemorative for 2012’s Year of the Dragon receiving an abundance of interest throughout the global market, the Royal Australian Mint has just announced the addition of two releases that no one anticipated to be issued into their product portfolio – comes a 1oz Silver Proof and a 1/10oz Gold Proof. Celebrating the world’s favou..

2011 Beijing International Coin Exposition East Meets West 1/2 oz Two-Coin Set

Nov 22, 2011 Leave Comment

2 days and over 2,000 sets – the 2011 Beijing International Coin Exposition East Meets West 1/2oz Two-Coin Set is undoubtedly one of the most highly pursued 2-coin sets this year. With over two thirds of the mintage selling out at the Beijing Show – after a lengthy search we have finally been able to secure a small allocation to offer to our mo..