Downies – inspiring collectors for 85 years

Jan 18, 2017 Leave Comment

Founded by Phil Downie in 1932, during the depths of the Great Depression, Downies celebrates its 85th anniversary in 2017. Here are just a few of the key highlights on our long journey to become the undisputed leader in Australian coins and banknotes. Young Phil in 19321932 – The beginning… A young man with a big dream, 16-year-old Phi..

‘Auction Consignment Specialist’ required at Downies Australian Coin Auctions

Jan 03, 2017 Leave Comment

Australia’s oldest and foremost numismatic auction house, Downies Australian Coin Auctions maintains a strong presence not only in Melbourne, but right around the world. A new specialist position has just been created for our Auction team and, given that those who visit our website are knowledgeable in the field of numismatics, this is the perfe..

Centenary of the Battle of Fromelles

Jul 19, 2016 Leave Comment

Following their well-organised withdrawal from the Dardanelles in late 1915, Australia’s Gallipoli veterans recovered in Egypt, before being dispatched to Europe with fresh recruits from home. It was at the Battle of Fromelles in northern France that Aussie diggers got their first taste of action on the Western Front. For many, it would also be t..

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 ..

Auction 320 – Featured in the Coin & Banknote Magazine

Sep 25, 2015 Leave Comment

An advertisement for the upcoming Australian Coin Auctions sale 320 was featured in the September edition of Australasian Coin & Banknote Magazine. ..