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Celebrate the 20th Century’s Greatest musical icons with the Legends of Music Collection!

Downies Collectables celebrates Pop Culture with easy to collect coins and medallions that get delivered strait to your door!

We are excited to bring you the Legends of Music Collection, a brand-new subscription that celebrates seven great musical icons of the 20th Century music scene. This new subscription contains seven , 24-carat gold-plated medallions struck to Prooflike collectors quality! On the generous 44mm flan, each musical icon is depicted in full-colour recreations of Sidney Maurer’s distinctive portraits, then finished in genuine 24-carat gold!

The Icons

Queen, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bob Marley and Elvis Presley are all featured on the medallions.


Considered to be pioneers of their respective musical genres, each artist has pushed the boundaries of their music, in ways that are still very much evident in today’s music! Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is the most streamed song from the 20th Century and Bowie’s Space Oddity is considered to be a musical phenomenon.

Featuring Original Portraits by Sid Maurer

Maurer boasted a genuine passion for music and pop-art. In the 60s he brought a visual aspect to sound by designing album covers for a range of famous artists as an assistant art director at Colombia Records.

An icon in his own field, he collaborated with many high-profile artists, including Andy Warhol!

Maurer made a point of painting people who he believed to have made the world a better place. He has painted portraits of over 350 great musical artists, including the seven featured in this collection.

His unique style and contribution to music and art is now encapsulated in every portrait in the Legends of Music Collection.

Own it now!

The Legends of Music Collection is available exclusively at Downies Collectables in Australia. Be among the first to collect by subscribing today! You’ll receive your first gold-plated medallion at the special price of $39.95 (saving $20 off the series price) Throughout your subscription, you will also receive a FREE presentation folder to house and display your collection. Don’t delay, place your order now!

What Are The Benefits of a Subscription?

Whether it’s coins or collectables, Macquarie Mint subscriptions can help you build a complete collection, month by month. 

We bring you a whole world of collection - just subscribe to what you love! 

Our experts regularly collate the finest coins and collectables from across the globe in a wide variety of themes. Choose a Macquarie Mint subscription and you’ll receive a collection curated from the best the world’s mints have to offer – without even having to leave your house. 

Convenient monthly payments and deliveries = the gift that keeps on giving 

Receiving a parcel you’ve been waiting for is always exciting. Imagine the thrill of a new delivery each month! Better yet, pay by credit card and your monthly payments will be made automatically. Easy! 

Quality guaranteed so you can enjoy peace of mind 

Be secure in the knowledge that each item in your subscription has been sourced at the highest quality. And you can trust that we individually inspect each item in your collection before it’s sent to you.

You’re in control

With so much to choose from – and our quality guarantee – we’re confident you’ll be happy with your new subscription. But we also understand that things can change. If you want to stop your collection or try something new, you can do so at any time. No lock-in contracts, no completion fees, no questions asked. 


Introducing Our New Website And Brands

We are excited to announce our brand new website has just launched along with some new brands we know you are going to love.

Our new website has been designed to make it easier to find all the things you love. We have a new logo, new categories and we have some new brands including Macquarie Mint, Biante Model Cars and Apex Replicas.

Here is a guide around what has been updated:   

A range of new categories have been added for you to explore...

In the top left corner you can navigate between our four brands...


 In the top right hand corner, you can...

 Banknotes can now be found under the 'Collectables' menu.

Browse Our New Brands:

At Macquarie Mint, we take you on a collector journey, helping you to collect the themes you love. We do this by developing high-quality numismatic subscriptions at affordable prices that we deliver conveniently each month, creating the best collecting experience! We’ve built a reputation based on trust, thanks to the quality of our products, and the timely delivery of your subscription each month. You also have full control over your subscription, and can pause or cancel your subscription quickly and easily with the help of our friendly Client Services Team. Start your subscription now!

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Part of the Downies Collectables family for several years we are very excited to bring Biante Model Cars and Apex Replicas fully into the fold and offer our full range of model cars through Market leaders in the local model car industry Biante Model Cars and Apex Replicas bring not only an extensive range of items from all eras of Australian motoring history but also world leading brands Autoart, Minichamps, Spark and TSM-Model plus many others meaning will be the source for model collectors and car enthusiast all over.

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There are new restrictions on Victorian businesses taking effect on Thursday 6 August, but Downies Collectables customers will be able to continue collecting the things they love without interruption!

Our online store is OPEN 24/7! You can still shop online with us at any time you like, our team is working hard at home to keep bringing you the best new releases the world has to offer in coins and collectables.


Keeping our customers, staff and families COVID Safe is our number one priority! We have a strict COVID Safe Plan in place and we are fully committed to ensuring your parcels are packed and dispatched in a safe and hygienic way. We’re abiding by the standards set out by the Victorian Government and are using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), maintaining social distancing at all times, and frequently cleaning our work spaces.

Our Contact Centre staff are still available to answer any queries you may have. As always, please feel free to get in touch via our Contact Us page.

Our Melbourne store will sadly be closed from Thursday 6 August, but our dedicated Store Manager, Matt Thompson, will be working from home and is available to answer any queries you may have by email or phone.

As an Australian owned and operated family business, we’re committed to supporting our community because we’re all in this together. Let’s stay safe and look after one another.

New Brands Coming Soon to The Downies Collectables Family

Downies Collectables are excited to announce our new suite of brands joining the family, and introduce a new and improved shopping experience for all. Our new brands Macquarie Mint, Biante Model Cars and Apex Replicas will be coming to Downies Collectables very soon and we wanted to give you an introduction.

Macquarie Mint

Founded fifteen years ago by a family of coin collectors, Macquarie Mint has since helped hundreds of thousands of people build their own collections through a convenient monthly subscription service. Subscribers enjoy the most exclusive, prestigious and highly sought-after collections delivered direct to their door in easy and reliable monthly shipments.  

Biante Model Cars & Apex Replicas  

Car enthusiasts, this one’s for you! Biante and Apex Replicas specialise in producing limited-edition model cars, boats, planes and bikes that Australians love. Start your car collection journey with all your favourite car brands including Holden, HSV, V8 Supercars, Ferrari and more.

Downies, Macquarie Mint, Biante and Apex Replicas share the same goal -  we’re passionate about collecting and we want to help people collect the things they love! We’re excited to be expanding the Downies Collectables family and can’t wait to share these new products with you.

Our Client Services Team is always happy to help, you can email them or call 1300 798 368 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm EST.

Downies pays homage to Elton John with The Royal Mint's Limited Edition Coins

Fans of Sir Elton John may still be reeling from his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour and retirement announcement.

But some relief may be found in The Royal Mint’s announcement to produce a series of coins that pay tribute to his legacy.

In his time, Elton John has made more than 4,000 performances and sold over 300 million records worldwide. Producing an incredible number of hit singles, Elton is undoubtedly one of the world’s truly great music superstars.

The legal tender coins come in 99.9% pure gold, silver and non-precious metal and feature his iconic glasses and straw boater hat on the reverse side.

Sir Elton is pleased to have his contribution to the music industry recognised this way. "The last few years have contained some of the most memorable moments of my career, and this is another truly humbling milestone on my journey", he said.

Downies has secured a small allocation of the collection as an official distributor for the Royal Mint, so get in quick and secure yours today! 

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Brought back to Australia by Downies

Recently reappearing on the market, having been brought back to Australia by Downies after held for decades in a European collection, the 1819 Sydney Halloran School Prize Silver Medal is a crucial piece of early Australiana. One of Australia’s earliest works of medallic art, with a quite remarkable history, this gigantic 73mm silver medal is also a truly great Australian rarity.

The man behind the medal – Laurence Halloran

Orphaned at a young age, Halloran joined the Royal Navy in 1780, but deserted two and a half years later after brutally stabbing another sailor to death with a sword. He was acquitted of the charge of murder at the Exeter Assizes in 1783, and then, somewhat perversely, turned his hand to the role of educator. As it happens, he successfully ran private schools for more than a decade thereafter, before his school at Alphington, near Exeter, was closed due to insolvency. It would not be the first time that Halloran would experience serious financial difficulties.

Posing as a chaplain, which was another intriguing theme underpinning his life, Halloran rejoined the Royal Navy in 1798, serving as secretary to Lord Northesk, third in command under Admiral Horatio Nelson. Halloran was present at the famous Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, serving upon the Britannia during Nelson’s famous victory against the forces of Napoleon Bonaparte. He then set off for South Africa, being appointed chaplain to the military forces at the Cape of Good Hope. Although this new endeavour started well, he fell out with the commander of the colonial military. Resigning his commission in protest, the end of his African sojourn came when he was heavily fined and banished from the colony for defamatory libel, following the publication of a satire on ‘South African Characteristics’.

Halloran found life difficult when he returned to England from South Africa, and struggled to find employment. As a result, he turned to forging official documents in a bid to continue his bogus career as a chaplain. Having been found in possession of ‘copper plate for making impressions of Deacons’ and Priests’ orders’, he was convicted of forgery, and sentenced to seven years penal servitude in the colony of New South Wales.

Friends in high places: Halloran in Australia

Arriving in Sydney upon the transport Baring in June 1819, Halloran discovered that an old friend from South Africa, John Thomas Campbell, was the Vice-Regal Secretary. Exploiting the connection, Halloran had Campbell recommend him to Governor Lachlan Macquarie, who almost immediately issued Halloran a ‘ticket of leave’. It was also Macquarie who played a key role in helping Halloran, in 1819, establish a school – known at the time as ‘Dr Halloran’s Establishment’.

The forefather of Sydney Grammar School, today one of Australia’s leading private schools, Halloran’s establishment was very successful. Indeed, Governor Macquarie stated at the time that Halloran was ‘the best and most admired instructor of youth in the Colony’. Alas, Halloran’s unrelenting penchant for writing libellous material saw him constantly in trouble with the law. This led to financial problems, and although he moved the premises of the school frequently, in an attempt to avoid his creditors, Halloran was jailed for debt several times in the 1820s. Governor Darling appointed Halloran as Sydney coroner in 1828, but, true to form, he lost his position after threatening to publish defamatory material about the Sydney archdeacon!

The birth of the Silver Medal

Whilst headmaster of the school, Halloran had prize medals created from 1819 until at least 1826. From the first year of issue, the 1819 Sydney Halloran School Prize Silver Medal was awarded to Robert Campbell – a man who was ultimately active in politics, and part of the successful drive to end convict transportation. Recognised as one of Australia’s earliest examples of medallic art, the medal was the work of Samuel Clayton – another remarkable figure in this amazing tale of early Australia!

Like Halloran, Clayton was both born in Ireland and transported to the colony as a convicted forger. To the surprise of his peers in Dublin, where he was a highly respected citizen, an admired engraver and an upstanding Freemason, Clayton was sentenced to seven years penal servitude for producing counterfeit revenue stamps in a large-scale fraud operation. Arriving in Sydney in December 1816, he was given a conditional pardon in January 1818, and set about establishing a career as a painter and engraver.

Even before he was officially pardoned, Clayton had carved his name into Australian history by creating the printing plates for Australia’s first banknotes – issued by Australia’s first bank, the Bank of New South Wales, in 1817. Interestingly, he was also the founder of the first regular Freemason lodge in the colony, and is therefore known as Australia’s ‘Father of Freemasonry’!

Known as the finest silversmith in the colony in the years after his arrival from Ireland, he also created the prize medals for Laurence Halloran’s school. As you will see from the image above, ‘S. Clayton’ is emblazoned upon the imposing 73mm diameter flan of the 1819 Sydney Halloran School Prize Silver Medal awarded to Robert Campbell.

Underpinned by such a remarkable history, combined with both breathtaking rarity, immense beauty and the connection with one of Australia’s most prestigious schools, the 1819 Sydney Halloran School Prize Silver Medal is a crucial artefact from the earliest days of modern Australia.

The 1819 Sydney Halloran School Prize Silver Medal is featured in Downies' Rarities catalogue! For more images of the medal, click here to view it on our website. 

The image of Laurence Hynes Halloran above is courtesy of the State Library of New South Wales ML 1057 from a painting by Augustus Earle, c. 1825.

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Downies Southgate will be having a SALE – up to 70% off!

If you’re headed into Melbourne on the 21st of February, be sure to swing past the Downies Southgate store and see all the amazing specials we have in-store. Get up to 70% off selected stock – in store only, and only this weekend!

Come and see the friendly team at the Melbourne store, upstairs in the Southgate shopping arcade. Stockists of official Royal Australian Mint releases, Perth Mint products, the best from World Money Fair and lots more! Let us help you find exactly what you’re looking for!


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