Hidden Messages, Secret Codes, German Spies … Or Just Resourceful Internees? Part 2

Jul 20, 2017 Leave Comment

Hidden Codes Revealed During the chaos of WWII, the town of Hay in NSW played host to thousands of internees. These included the civilian refugees placed in the now-infamous Camp Seven, who developed their own ingenious internal currency system now prized by collectors today. But was there more to the story behind these banknotes? In Part 2 of..

Hidden Messages, Secret Codes, German Spies … Or Just Resourceful Internees? Part 1

Jul 19, 2017 Leave Comment

WWII was a well-documented and chaotic point in world history. Among the many stories to arise from that time, a perhaps lesser-known - but unique episode of European and Australian significance took place close to home, right here on Australian soil. In New South Wales – in the town of Hay, to be exact – the town’s Internment Camp Seven ..

Diana, Princess of Wales: a tribute

Jul 06, 2017 Leave Comment

She was a philanthropist, a patron, and in many ways, a trailblazer. She was adored by many and admired across the globe. She also happened to be a Princess. It’s almost impossible to encapsulate the legacy of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. As 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of her tragic death, Downies is proud to present a celebration of..

1966 Wavy Baseline 20c

Jun 27, 2017 Leave Comment

Struck at the Royal Mint in London just over five decades ago, as Great Britain assisted Australia in the lead-up to decimalisation, the 1966 ‘Wavy Baseline’ 20c is one of the rarest decimal coins issued into circulation in Australia. Defined by – as the name suggests – a distinct undulation in the baseline of the ‘2’ in the denominatio..

Downies Hidden Coin Challenge

Apr 24, 2017 Leave Comment

Suggested by a member of Downies Client Services Team, the 2001 Northern Territory 50c proved to be an inspired choice for our ‘Hidden Coin Challenge’. The challenge sparked a great response from collectors, and much debate as well. We hope you enjoyed the challenge! The 2001 Northern Territory 50c not only presented an interesting choic..

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..

New and exciting range of historical Ancient Greek & Roman Coin Books available now at our Downies Southgate store

New and exciting range of historical Ancient Greek & Roman Coin Books available now at our Downies Southgate store

Feb 24, 2017 Leave Comment

Downies Southgate Melbourne Store has just received a new and wide range of Ancient Greek and Roman Coin and Historical Books in-store - all at competitive prices! The range of these books covers the entire period of Ancient Greek and Roman History from Alexander the Great through to the last emperors of the Roman Empire. These books are written by..