Choice Change Challenge: A challenger speaks out!

Oct 04, 2013 Leave Comment

The entry below was contributed by Alex, one of the brave contestants in the Choice Change Challenge. The life of a coin collector is, at times, tough. George and I, after an early flurry of commemoratives, have now come to a grinding halt. We now know… collecting coins can be tough! Having said that though, the other lesson learnt by this buddi..

The most important Saturday on the Australian Calendar

Sep 06, 2013 Leave Comment

I can only assume that you know that tomorrow, Saturday the 7th of September, 2013, is a very important occasion for all Australians. That’s right – it’s World Beard Day! Held on the first Saturday of September each year, it is the one day of 365 that the gloriously bearded are accorded the respect and adoration they deserve. Downies has a..

Kidney Kar Rally Update Part 2!

Aug 30, 2013 Leave Comment

Day 4: Repairs and cleaning Not much to report today. We of course have a somewhat 'less than perfect' car so our objective today was to get the parts needed to fix it. Drove slowly to Toowoomba to collect some parts from Subaru there then headed north to Bundaberg where we picked up some more. Spoke to the service manager at Subaru here and he has..

Kidney Kar Rally Update!

Aug 22, 2013 Leave Comment

We’ve been receiving detailed updates from Kath Downie and they are so good we thought we’d share! Here are the adventures of the Downies rally team for days one, two and three: Day 1: Tamworth to Lightning Ridge - exploding tires and skipped legs For the first section of the rally, we were going like guns, then all hell broke loose when one of..

The 25th Kidney Kar Rally!

Aug 16, 2013 Leave Comment

The 25th Kidney Kar Rally commences today, with Ken and Kath Downie participating in the challenge to raise money and awareness for Kidney Health Australia. To date this year they have raised over $20,000 for this worthy cause! They’re heading off from Tamworth and racing to Armidale in their trusty Downies rally car, pictured below: By the ..

At The Block: What treasures will be found in Downies coin Auction 314?

Jul 05, 2013 Leave Comment

The second sale in Downies Australian Coin Auctions’ 50th anniversary year is ramping up. Viewings commenced on Tuesday the 3rd of July and are currently underway, with Sale 314 itself running from July 9th to 11th. Interest is obviously high thanks to the ongoing anniversary celebrations, but there is another reason. In the first sale of the yea..

Torrent of Coronation Tributes

Jun 17, 2013 Leave Comment

[caption id="attachment_1135" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II by Nicky Philipps[/caption] The Royal Australian Mint’s announcement on Monday the 17th of June that it is releasing the second ever full-colour $2 commemorative into circulation is just the latest in a string of high-profile tributes for and commemo..

Featured Coin Producer: Coin Invest Trust, Innovative Numismatic Developer

May 13, 2013 Leave Comment

Modern collecting is often marked by a fervent desire for collectors to acquire the new and innovative. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but these unique modern issues are highly sought after - as long as they are also high quality. For many years now, Downies has partnered with, and been sole official Australian distributor for, one of the most inn..

Choice Change Challenge – Alex’s Admission…

May 07, 2013 Leave Comment

This post was kindly contributed by Alex, who has been participating in the Choice Change Challenge. I have an admission to make… the Choice Change Challenge - or “Collecting the Commemorative”, as I’ve come to call it – is not my first foray into coin collecting… The Choice Change Challenge began with a discussion between a colleague..

Australia’s first banknote turns one hundred!

May 01, 2013 Leave Comment

May the 1st, 2013, marks exactly 100 years since the printing of Australia’s very first banknote – the 1913 Ten Shilling note. Unveiled in 1913 as part of Australia’s first national banknote issue, and bearing Australia’s first banknote signature combination, Collins/Allen, this groundbreaking 100-year-old banknote issue is among the most ..