The war to end all wars – 11.11.11

Nov 11, 2011 Leave Comment

93 years on from the brutality and devastation which ultimately changed the fate of the globe, today we remember those who have lost their lives in the front line of war and armed conflicts. Observed on November 11 throughout the Commonwealth nations, in 1918 at the “11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” Germany signed the Armistice –..

2010 50c 150th Running Of The Melbourne Cup Cu-Ni Unc

Nov 02, 2011 Leave Comment

105,979 roaring fans, 23 thoroughbred horses, 3200 metres and a photo finish to determine the champion, the 2011 Emirates Melbourne Cup lived up to its reputation as the ‘race that stops the nation’. The closest finish in the events 151 year history, after two painstakingly long minutes, captured only by a photo finish, Dunaden was crowned the..

2011 $5 Queens Visit Al-Br Unc w/FREE $1 CHOGM

Oct 20, 2011 Leave Comment

Just hours after the highly anticipated arrival of HM Queen Elizabeth II in Australia for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) held in Perth – Downies is pleased to announce the newest Royal-themed issue from the Royal Australian Mint - the 2011 $5 Queen’s Visit Unc. As seen on TV, this truly unique tribute to Her Majesty featur..

64 years on and still as popular as ever! Hologramatic coinage!

Oct 17, 2011 Leave Comment

Celebrating the discovery of the hologram, initially created to improve the resolution of an electron microscope – 64 years on, the hologram continues to captivate consumers with its use in art, marketing, science, entertainment, engineering, data storage and security devices. Using a technique that captures light from a laser to record an image..

Honouring the Rats of Tobruk…

Oct 11, 2011 Leave Comment

Dead, wounded and held captive – The Battle of Tobruk 8 months, 559 dead, 2450 wounded and 941 taken prisoner, in 1941 Australian troops endured intense bombing and constant threat of attack from both the German and Italian forces. Fighting through incredible heat, cold, thirst and hunger with unmistakable bravery, determination and passion - 201..

PART IV – THE THREE KINGS BLOG SERIES

Oct 04, 2011 Leave Comment

Power, Ambition and Death – 1553 The final time that the Kingdom of England experienced three changes in power within the one year, 1553 saw the passing of Edward VI which lead to a series of events that ultimately lead to death, betrayal and once again the shifting of power throughout the monarchy. Initiated by the passing of King Edward VI, E..

PART III – THE THREE KINGS BLOG SERIES

Sep 23, 2011 Leave Comment

Murder for Power – King Edward IV, King Edward V and King Richard III 1483 saw the third occurrence within the British Monarchy where three kings – Edward IV, Edward V and Richard III, ruled the throne within the one year. Beginning with his second reign in 1471, King Edward IV controlled the British throne until his death in 1483. Upon his de..

PART II – THE THREE KINGS BLOG SERIES

Sep 20, 2011 Leave Comment

History Repeats – 1216 Following in a similar direction to the Kings of 1066, in 1216 the English Monarchy once again saw three Kings take the throne. Welcoming King John, Louis VIII and Henry III, 1216 was a year of invasion, decease and reclamation of the monarchy. Crowned in 1199, John, son of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine was han..

2012 Tasmanian Wedge-Tailed Eagle 1oz Silver Proof

Sep 20, 2011 Leave Comment

Majestic, Exclusive & Stunningly Rare! An extremely exclusive tribute to a renowned Australian species, the second release in the sold out ‘Extinct and Endangered’ series pays tribute to one of the most distinctive birds of prey – the Tasmanian Wedge-Tailed Eagle. Spectacularly powerful, forcefully independent and the ruler of the sk..

PART I – THE THREE KINGS BLOG SERIES

Sep 13, 2011 Leave Comment

A legendary battle that instigated Medieval England Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the notorious Three Kings of 1936, comes the Niue 2011 $5 Three Kings of 1936 Silver Proof.  Issued in remembrance of a series of chain reactions that saw the passing of George V, voluntary abdication of Edward VIII and finally the crowning of George VI, the Th..