The Batavia: a bloodcurdling tale of mutiny, mayhem & murder

Aug 03, 2015 Leave Comment

One of the world's great commercial powers in the 17th and 18th centuries – so powerful it operated on a quasi-governmental basis – the Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie, VOC) was a key player in the Asian spice trade. Considered by many to be the world's first multinational corporation, the company dispatched nearly 5..

Now Accepting Consignments for Downies ACA Auction 320

Jul 06, 2015 Leave Comment

A grand event for Australian numismatics, Downies Australian Coin Auctions Sale 319 was an outstanding success. Comprising more than 4,000 lots, and therefore ranking as one of our largest ever auctions, Sale 319 was highlighted by dual catalogues with the inclusion of the Royal Australian Mint Master Collection. We saw more than a million dollars..

Official Launch Event For Downies New Southgate Store

Jun 23, 2015 Leave Comment

On Friday, May 29 Downies held a special event to officially launch their new retail store at Southgate on the banks of the picturesque Yarra River in Melbourne's CBD. The event was attended by around 30 people, with clients, friends of Downies Coins and Downies staff in attendance. Ken Downie was also on hand to host the launch of the store..

Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Marked at Parliament House

Jun 15, 2015 Leave Comment

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

May 22, 2015 Leave Comment

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

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..

The 2015 $1 Colour Poppy Coin is coming to Downies!

Apr 28, 2015 Leave Comment

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..

Opportunistic sellers cash in on Lest We Forget colour $2 coin

Apr 27, 2015 Leave Comment

Shrewd sellers who managed to get their hands on the coloured $2 Lest We Forget coin are cleaning up on eBay as demand for the coin sends prices skyrocketing. Within hours of the coin being unveiled on Sunday April 19 at a special event hosted by the Honorable Kelly O'Dwyer MP at the Stonnington Cricket Oval, listings on eBay began appearing, offe..

New 2015 Colour Lest We Forget $2 Coin Design Revealed

Apr 19, 2015 Leave Comment

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

Apr 15, 2015 Leave Comment

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..