1919-1921 Square Kookaburra Patterns
Some coins are rare, some are beautiful and some are historic. Some coins, such as the 1919-1921 Square Kookaburra Patterns, unite all three qualities. Genuine artefacts of one of the most fascinating chapters in the story of Australian numismatics, these important post-WWI Pattern issues today rank among Australia’s highest profile rarities...
Downies Auction 320 Prices Realised 321 Consignments
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 ..
Official Launch Event For Downies New Southgate Store
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..
Royal Australian Mint Master Collection Coins of Interest
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..
Australia has already dropped the 1c and 2c coins; should we go one step further and ditch the 5c too?
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!
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
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..
The Choice Change Challenge January update: the perils and pleasures of international travel
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
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..
The END is nigh! Armageddon commemorated with coins
With a whiff of sulphur hanging in the air, mingling with the tortured screams of non-believers, the lines have been drawn on the final battlefield for the fight between good and evil – Armageddon! The end of the world is currently firmly in the public consciousness, thanks to the link between the date December 21st, 2012 and the end of the Meso..