Obama Down Under

Nov 16, 2011 Leave Comment

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the ANZUS Defence Alliance, today Mr Barack Obama will touch down in Australia for the first time as being President. After three set-backs, President Obama’s Australian visit has been a long awaited one, and, as the strongest ally and greatest friend of the Australian nation, will be welco..

2011 Beijing International Coin Exposition East Meets West 1/2 oz Two-Coin Set

Nov 14, 2011 Leave Comment

Spectacularly sought after, the 2011 Beijing International Coin Exposition 2-coin set has left hungry collectors frantically searching to secure their ‘East Meets West’ souvenir. A culturally combined issue, the Perth Mint has intricately united elements of Beijing and Australia – delivering one of the most popular 2-coin sets of the year. ..

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..