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..
Prospector uncovers 87-ounce gold nugget worth $135,000
Mick Brown has discovered one of the largest gold nuggets found in recent years, when he uncovered the "fair dinkum nugget" worth around $135,000 in Central Victoria. Mick, from the Victorian town of Wedderburn - just over 2 hours drive North East of Melbourne - found the nugget under a few inches of dirt using his Minelab metal detector. As luc..
The Royal Mint Unveil Fifth Distinctive Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II
Today the Royal Mint unveiled what is to be the fifth and last portrait of Queen Elizabeth II to be featured on commemorative and circulating legal tender. Unveiled at a ceremony in London's National Portrait Gallery this morning, the portrait has received a positive response from both the industry and the general public. This is an historic oc..
Mint of Poland Strikes World First Spherical Coin
Mennica Polska (The Mint of Poland) has, in the past, presented the world with an array of innovative numismatic products - from the Amber Road series to the Fortuna Redux. They once again raise the bar on just what is possible in numismatics when they unveiled the world's first globe coin at the recent World Money Fair in Berlin. The silver glo..
100th Anniversary of the first AIF Convoy
Although April the 25th and November the 11th are perhaps better known, November the 1st is one of the most important dates in Australian history. It was on November the 1st 1914, exactly 100 years ago this Saturday, that Aussie soldiers began the long voyage from Australia to fight for King & Country in ‘the war to end all wars’. [caption..
The most famous mutiny in history: the mutiny on the Bounty
Known as the most famous mutiny in history, the Mutiny on the Bounty is a compelling tale of ambition, hedonism, betrayal, seamanship and tragedy – all set against the idyllic tropical backdrop of the South Pacific. Setting out for Tahiti to procure breadfruit to replant in the West Indies as a food source for slaves, the HMS Bounty left Spithea..
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..
Treasures in your change: 20c – What to look for
The following was penned by Downies employee Jimmy… Welcome to the second entry in my ‘Treasures in your change’ series, focusing on rare circulating decimal types that you might find in your change! My last entry – that you can read HERE – was based on the 5c piece and 10c piece, and this one will focus on the 20c piece. Now, while you..
Aussies – You could have a $2,500 coin in your change right now!
The humble Australian 20c piece has a surprising number of secrets – one of which is worth a potential $2,500 to anyone lucky enough to find it. Over at Downies.com we’ve put together an infographic that takes a look at the 20 cent piece, and some of the valuable error types that can be found in change. Check it out here Have you found a val..
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..