Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Marked at Parliament House
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
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
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!
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
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
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..
The Royal Australian Mint Offers Production Coins in Downies Auction
In it's 50th year the Royal Australian Mint will be making available around 1,100 unique production pieces in the next Downies Australian Coin Auctions, to be held at the Box Hill Town Hall in Melbourne's eastern suburbs from May 26-28. The announcement of the RAM's participation in ACA sale 319 was posted on their Press Release Page yesterday a..
Choice Change Challenge – Henry Parkes in our pocket!
Here we have another entry from Choice Change Challenger Alex! The Choice Change Challenge... hmmm.... when the Online Team here at Downies asked George and I how the challenge was coming along, and whether we had any exciting new finds to share, we were distressed to respond in the negative. Aside from a 2000 50c issued for the Queen's Royal Vis..
The Australian $1 Celebrates its 30th Anniversary!
Exactly 30 years ago today, the Reserve Bank of Australia introduced the $1 coin into circulation, on May 14th, 1984. It replaced the $1 banknote that had circulated since the inception of Decimal Currency in 1966. Stuart Devlin’s now famous Mob of Roos featured on that initial circulating $1 coin and has been a favourite amongst collector and no..
Treasures in your change: 5c and 10c – What to look for
The following was penned by Downies employee Jimmy… As you may have seen in my previous blogs (here and here), there are quite a lot of rare, unusual circulating coins that are hotly pursued by collectors. This had a lot of people asking (along with myself), what else should we be looking for in our change? What might some of these circulating o..