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 Perth Mint Swindle

Mar 09, 2012 Leave Comment

A 30 year old mystery that is back in the public eye, in 1982 the Mickelberg brothers became the faces of one of the most famous gold robberies in Australian History. An unsolved crime that involved the disappearance of 49 gold bars from the Perth Mint worth over $653,000, in 1983, six months after the event, the three brothers, Ray, Peter and Bri..

2011 Beijing International Coin Exposition East Meets West 1/2 oz Two-Coin Set

Nov 22, 2011 Leave Comment

2 days and over 2,000 sets – the 2011 Beijing International Coin Exposition East Meets West 1/2oz Two-Coin Set is undoubtedly one of the most highly pursued 2-coin sets this year. With over two thirds of the mintage selling out at the Beijing Show – after a lengthy search we have finally been able to secure a small allocation to offer to our mo..

2011 Beijing International Coin Exposition East Meets West 1/2 oz Two-Coin Set

Nov 14, 2011 Leave Comment

Spectacularly sought after, the 2011 Beijing International Coin Exposition 2-coin set has left hungry collectors frantically searching to secure their ‘East Meets West’ souvenir. A culturally combined issue, the Perth Mint has intricately united elements of Beijing and Australia – delivering one of the most popular 2-coin sets of the year. ..

Honouring the Rats of Tobruk…

Oct 11, 2011 Leave Comment

Dead, wounded and held captive – The Battle of Tobruk 8 months, 559 dead, 2450 wounded and 941 taken prisoner, in 1941 Australian troops endured intense bombing and constant threat of attack from both the German and Italian forces. Fighting through incredible heat, cold, thirst and hunger with unmistakable bravery, determination and passion - 201..

2012 Tasmanian Wedge-Tailed Eagle 1oz Silver Proof

Sep 20, 2011 Leave Comment

Majestic, Exclusive & Stunningly Rare! An extremely exclusive tribute to a renowned Australian species, the second release in the sold out ‘Extinct and Endangered’ series pays tribute to one of the most distinctive birds of prey – the Tasmanian Wedge-Tailed Eagle. Spectacularly powerful, forcefully independent and the ruler of the sk..

Protecting Australia’s Endangered Species – National Threatened Species Day – September 7

Sep 07, 2011 Leave Comment

Developed as a Government Initiative to raise awareness of our endangered species, National Threatened Species Day is an annual event held throughout Australia on September 7. Founded in 1996 to commemorate the date of the death of the last known Tasmanian tiger held in captivity in Hobart in 1936, National Threatened Species Day supports numer..

2012 Year of the Dragon Bullion Series

Sep 01, 2011 Leave Comment

With celebrations for the long awaited Year of the Dragon already underway – The Perth Mint has announced their newest Precious Metal Series to commemorate the most popular sign in the Chinese Lunar Calendar and it will be undoubtedly one of the biggest releases of 2012! With global demand soaring for all 2012 Dragon lunar releases, The Perth Mi..

The Last Tasmanian Tiger 3D Lenticular coins

Aug 08, 2011 Leave Comment

2011 $1 Tasmanian Tiger Lenticular Gold-Plated Prooflike Celebrating one of the true icons of Australia’s natural and cultural history with the latest in 21st century minting techniques, this stunning tribute to the Tasmanian Tiger is most notable for its sensational Lenticular Moving Image. The reverse design features the very last of the spe..

Deadly and Dangerous! ~ Tuvalu $1 Australia’s Box Jellyfish 1oz Silver Proof

Jun 07, 2011 Leave Comment

A sensational addition to one of the hottest series in numismatics, the latest in the Australian Deadly & Dangerous Series has just been unveiled! A characteristically stunning example of The Perth Mint’s unparalleled full-colour minting techniques, this dramatic new legal tender coin honours one of the world’s most lethal aquatic inhabita..

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