Downies Auction 320 Prices Realised 321 Consignments

Nov 18, 2015 Leave Comment

A grand event for Australian numismatics, Downies Australian Coin Auctions Sale 320 was an outstanding success! Comprising more than 3,500 lots, our last auction for 2015 was highlighted by a number of exquisite English Hammered pieces, which as expected sold well above estimate. We saw nearly a million dollars’ worth of material go under 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..

The Royal Australian Mint’s First Ever Triangle Coin?

Mar 20, 2014 Leave Comment

It has been exactly one year since the Royal Australian Mint announced the groundbreaking 2013 $5 Parliament House Triangular Silver Proof on March 18th, 2013. The very first 3-sided Australian legal tender coin, this sensational release naturally attracted interest from news media around the world. It was exciting to see an Australian numismatic c..

Australia has already dropped the 1c and 2c coins; should we go one step further and ditch the 5c too?

Jan 24, 2014 Leave Comment

The article was prepared by Archie S., who joined our team recently during his Year 10 work experience. We think he did a great job – how about you? In a previous post we discussed the doing away of the penny by the Canadian treasury due to increased production costs and it seems that Australia’s own five cent coin is facing the spotlight fo..

Half-price shipping through November!

Oct 15, 2013 Leave Comment

Been waiting to secure that RAM Mint Set or Perth Mint 1oz Silver Proof? Well, wait no longer! Downies has… From now until the end of November, DECEMBER! Downies is offering half-price shipping throughout Australia on ALL ORDERS placed from now until the 30th of November! Promotion extended until the end of December! With shipping just $4.40 f..

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 March Update: The Fleets Meet!

Mar 07, 2013 Leave Comment

It’s been a big month in the competition – and in Australian numismatics – since we last caught up with our courageous coin collecting contenders! A new Australian circulating commemorative has been announced; competition for the top spot on the leader board has been fiercely contested, and; the coin that started it all has been found a secon..

Year of the Snake – a fortunate year in numismatics!

Feb 11, 2013 Leave Comment

Happy New Year! Yesterday was the first day of the Lunar New Year, and everyone here at Downies hopes you have a prosperous and happy Year of the Snake! The Snake is the 6th animal in the Lunar Zodiac, exemplified by traits such as awareness, cunning, pride and decisiveness. People born in the Year of the Snake (especially with this year’s elem..

The Choice Change Challenge January update: the perils and pleasures of international travel

Jan 31, 2013 Leave Comment

When we last left the Choice Change Challenge, both Alex and George were off to flying starts, with each leading in different categories. Alex had the lead in 20c and $1 commemoratives, and George led the way with $2 and 50c commemoratives. Since then, there have been two major shake ups, the first being a temporary (but major) handicap. It’s a d..

The choice change challenge: Aussie coins in change

Dec 21, 2012 Leave Comment

From time immemorial, mankind has asked important questions, questions that speak to the heart of what it means to be alive, to be human and to be a collector. How hard is collecting from change, really? What can I find? Will they be worth any money? How can I compete with my work colleagues and lord it over them when I win and blame chance w..