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..

The Royal Australian Mint Offers Production Coins in Downies Auction

Mar 13, 2015 Leave Comment

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

Mar 12, 2015 Leave Comment

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

Mar 03, 2015 Leave Comment

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

Feb 25, 2015 Leave Comment

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

Oct 31, 2014 Leave Comment

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..