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..

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 ..

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..

Auction 317: Amazing Predecimal Proof Consignments

Apr 24, 2014 Leave Comment

Some amazing lots have been consigned to Auction 317, with perhaps none more spectacular than this array of astonishing Australian Predecimal Proofs. 1925 Halfpenny FDC Struck only for archival purposes, and for distribution to other mints and public institutions such as museums, as with virtually all pre-1955 FDC/Proof coins, the 1925 Halfpenn..

Choice Change Challenge – An unusual Platypus for an unusual year

Feb 13, 2014 Leave Comment

Here we have another entry from Choice Change Challenger Alex – he has done some digging and unearthed an interesting story behind a year that keeps showing up during The Challenge. As Australia basks in the glory of only the third ever 5-0 Ashes cricket whitewash, it reminds us of the “King” of the Australian 20c series, the 2001 Donald Bra..

At The Block: What treasures will be found in Downies coin Auction 314?

Jul 05, 2013 Leave Comment

The second sale in Downies Australian Coin Auctions’ 50th anniversary year is ramping up. Viewings commenced on Tuesday the 3rd of July and are currently underway, with Sale 314 itself running from July 9th to 11th. Interest is obviously high thanks to the ongoing anniversary celebrations, but there is another reason. In the first sale of the yea..