Downies News

A special VF Commodore model for Bathurst’s 60th Anniversary!

For 60 years, the Bathurst 1000 has been Australia’s premier car race, and an essential part of the nation’s sporting identity. The legendary Mt Panorama circuit has provided the very best of motorsport’s cars, stars and thrills – creating history at every turn…

To celebrate 6 decades of Australia’s Great Race (1963 -2023), Biante Model Cars is announcing a very special HOLDEN VF COMMODORE V8 SUPERCAR COMMEMORATIVE MODEL in the 1:18 and 1:43 scales - giving customers the chance to re-live Holden’s Bathurst victories! Driven by giants of Australian motorsport, Holden bagged a total of 36 legendary victories at The Mountain, of which the VF Commodore won 3 in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Three victories in a row inked its place in the record books, clenching its status as an iconic racing car.

The unique livery of this very special model car has been designed as an ode to the two pillars of Aussie racing history - Holden and Bathurst! Stunning red and metallic gold accents stand out majestically against a velvety BLACK FINISH - showcased in a meticulously crafted diecast body with opening parts. The commemorative livery is packed full of special features, including the official Supercars 60th logo and the Holden lion, a list of Holden’s victory years at the great race, a Peter Brock trophy silhouette, as well as a map of the Mt. Panorama circuit.

Destined to be the centre-piece of your motorsport collection, this limited-edition release is a MUST for those who bleed red! Presented in premium metallic-detailed packaging with an individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity. This legend will be sold-out in seconds. BUY NOW!

Moffat – A titan of Australian Motorsport!

One of the key driving forces of Australian motor racing, Allan Moffat OBE is one of first real professionals of local motor racing and an Australian sporting giant! Over a career spanning more than 25 years, Moffat won the Australian Touring Car Championship (Supercars’ predecessor) and Bathurst’s Great Race a staggering four times each!

Downies Collectables is proudly celebrating Ford’s greatest hero with the OFFICIALLY-LICENSED Allan Moffat Enamel Collection, in collaboration with Allan Moffat Racing. Read on to find out why this Canadian-born member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame will be remembered as one the greatest sportsmen Down Under… 

Ford’s greatest hero in ‘red vs. blue’ battle…
The most headline-grabbing rivalry of the 1970s and ’80s was motorsport’s battle of red vs. blue! Ford’s Allan Moffat forged one of Australian touring car racing’s most memorable on-track contests with the late Holden legend Peter Brock. A rivalry, and friendship, that lasted many years and accounted for a number of memorable Bathurst victories. Their exploits changed Australia’s sporting landscape and contributed hugely to the popularity of today’s Supercars Championship.

Both made their big-stage debuts at Mt Panorama in 1969, when they were Bathurst rookies driving for the Holden and Ford factory teams respectively. They weren’t direct rivals at the time, but they came to define the Ford versus Holden ‘war’. Of his relationship with Peter Brock, Moffat has this to say, “Peter Brock had a huge ego and huge ambition, and was one of the few people I knew who was capable of living up to the immense pressures placed on him by both. I admired him as a driver and as a man. Truth be known I was a bit in awe of him.”

Allan Moffat Enamel Penny 9-Coin Collection

At the height of his success, Moffat was often portrayed by the Aussie press as a ‘big-shot’ Canadian ruthlessly dominating championships. The truth was that the naturalised Aussie (he immigrated to Australia at age 17) was irrevocably helping to nurture the Australian motorsport scene. Moffat set the benchmark for Australian racing through skill, determination and will. Supercars’ Sean Seamer observed that “Allan is one of the true greats of Australian sport.”

Dominating in Mustangs and Falcons
When asked why he thought Australia had such a renowned motorsport history Moffat replied, “I think it’s this country’s love for the motor car”…

Moffat won over 100 championship and non-championship races, and set new lap records around the country, in his Ford Mustang. He described it as “the definitive race car of my life”. Though Moffat’s Coca-Cola backed Mustang never won the Australian Touring Car Championship, the partnership brought a new level of excitement to Australian motor sport!

He also dominated in Falcons, steering the first Ford Falcon GT-HO to a debut victory at the Sandown Three-Hour in 1969. Spearheading Ford’s racing efforts in Australia throughout the 1970s, Moffat won Sandown again in 1970, this time in the latest GT-HO Phase Two. Three weeks later Moffat enjoyed his first Bathurst 500 win. 1971 saw him taking his second Bathurst win in the ferocious Phase Three Falcon GT-HO; and he won the 1973 Bathurst 1000 in a new XA Falcon GT Hardtop. Moffat also drove Falcons to victory in the Australian Touring Cars Championships of 1973, ’76 and ’77. 

Over his illustrious racing career, Allan Moffat’s Fords have boasted some of the most memorable liveries. From his first ATCC win in the Coca-Cola Ford Boss 302 Trans-Am Mustang, to the Bathurst winning Falcons of the 70s, the pioneering introduction of the rotary RX-7 and the turbo Sierra RS500. Downies Collectables has immortalised Moffat’s MOST ICONIC CARS on the reverse of 9 enamelled genuine Australian Pennies!

Moffat’s greatest racing achievement at Bathurst
Moffat’s name became truly eternal with his four Bathurst 1000 triumphs in 1970, ’71, ’73 and ’77 - the latter being the most iconic! Allan Moffat is one of only two drivers, the other being Peter Brock, to have won Bathurst in both its 500 mile and 1000 km format.

Moffat believed that his greatest racing achievement was his 1977 Bathurst one-two finish alongside Colin Bond and their respective co-drivers. He crossed the finish line in first position, despite a brake failure for the last dozen laps… “I never talked about it for many months afterwards but when Colin and I came around on the last lap, no one realised that I had no brakes for the last 12 laps.” Moffat recalled.

A lasting legacy… Allan Moffat’s contributions to motorsport were acknowledged in 1999 when he became the first inductee into the Supercars Hall of Fame. Set apart by his elite professionalism and his pioneering the use of sponsorship in a way that would change the motorsport forever. Moffat retired from racing in 1989, bowing out with a win in his last race!

Now, at 83 years old, Moffat is championing a very different challenge whilst battling dementia. In true fighting spirit, he has become the ambassador and patron of Dementia Australia, and lent plenty of support to others suffering from the same disease through an appeal, which has so far has raised almost $2 million. Bravely going public with his condition allows the 400,000 Australians currently living with dementia to realise they are not alone, and that the disease does not discriminate!

Downies Collectables is incredibly proud to be a part of celebrating this icon’s illustrious career as one of the world's most celebrated touring car drivers. CLICK HERE to view the Allan Moffat Enamel Collection and add a real legend to your racing memorabilia!

Gen3 is here - new looks, new rivalries, new rules! 

The Repco Supercars Championship takes on a new layer of excitement in 2023. This year will see huge changes to the Aussie racing series as the inaugural campaign of Gen3’s new ruleset and cars make headlines! The Championship is already successfully underway with the Newcastle 500, Melbourne 400, Perth SuperSprint, and Darwin Triple Crown done and dusted.

There are still many more events to look forward to in this year’s Supercars series that will put the new Gen3 generation to the ultimate test, providing plenty of adrenaline pumping moments!

The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is driving the action, following Holden's withdrawal from the competition.

 Here’s a list of Drivers and Teams we will be closely watching/ following throughout this season:




Broc Feeney

Triple Eight

Chevrolet Camaro

Shane van Gisbergen

Triple Eight

Chevrolet Camaro

Andre Heimgartner


Chevrolet Camaro

Bryce Fullwood


Chevrolet Camaro

Macauley Jones


Chevrolet Camaro

Jack Smith


Chevrolet Camaro

So, what are the main differences and what is in store for fans?

Gen3 cars have been designed (and continue to be tweaked) for improved racing, with a shift towards achieving a greater similarity to their ‘on-the road’ equivalents. One of the biggest changes is a reduced downforce of more than 65%, adjusting the focus from engineering back to the driver’s skill! The aim is to promote pure driving spectacle – making the sport even more exciting for its legions of fans.

For starters, the decades-old 5.0 litre V8 engine capacity is now out the window. The Camaro will now run on a single camshaft GM engine with two valves per cylinder, and Ford’s engine features four camshafts with four valves per cylinder.

These technical changes are the biggest in the 30-year history of the V8 ruleset - although the popular stick shift gear system will remain. The full suite of brand-new Chevrolet Camaros will boast a new wheel design and a range of safety features, with Supercars determined to uphold the championship’s technical parity formula.   

Another aim of the Gen3 era cars is to be lower cost and simpler to repair – with the introduction of front and rear ‘clips’ that would in theory enable quicker repairs in the event of an accident.

Must-have Gen3 model cars from Biante

Stay tuned for the latest Biante model car announcements, showcasing all the headline-grabbing Gen3 cars from the 2023 Supercars Championship.

Browse now and discover in thrilling detail the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 #97 that saw Shane van Gisbergen claim victory in Race 2 of the Thrifty Newcastle 500, Macauley Jones’ #96, and Broc Feeney’s #88 that won the young gun first place in the final race of the Melbourne SuperSprint at Albert Park, plus many many more!

Keep an eye out for new announcements, updated regularly, so you can get a piece of the action and score one of these spectacular model cars for your collection - available in scales 1:18 and 1:43. Biante model cars boast top-class manufacturing, authenticity, and close attention to detail. These iconic releases will sell fast!


AFL $1 coins you can really barrack for!

Calling all footy fans! Get ready to jump out of your seat and cheer for an exciting new $1 coin collection… kicking off soon. The Australian Post, in collaboration with the Royal Australian Mint, has just announced it is launching a set of 20 AFL collectable coins. Make sure you get in on the action early!

Something every Aussie can get behind, this collection will feature a spectacularly struck, genuine Australian legal tender $1 coin, for every AFL club - including the AFLW. Plus, you will have the chance to score two unique coloured coins! Each coin will be in ‘as it left the mint’ brilliant Uncirculated condition.

The AFL (Australian Football League) is one of the most popular sports leagues in Australia. With a rich history, and legions of fans, passions around this legendary sport run high! Sure to be a hit with AFL supporters and numismatic collectors alike, each $1 coin features the iconic logo of the most beloved footy teams in the league, like the Melbourne Lions, Collingwood, Richmond, West Coast Eagles and many more!

Not only a great way for fans to support their favourite football team, but also a wonderful merging of sports and culture, this collection is truly something special. Plus, it comes with a must-have display folder with a demarcated place for each coin. Essential to any AFL display, magnificently celebrating the legacy of a national treasure.

Destined to soar to the top of your coin collection, you will have to move fast as sell-out is all but certain. Launching May 15th, don’t forget to mark the date in you calendar and visit to secure your AFL $1 Uncirculated coin collection. Don’t drop the ball!

Charles’s Coronation Countdown is on!

Code-named Operation Golden Orb, the coronation of King Charles and Camilla, the Queen Consort, will take place on Saturday 6 May at Westminster Abby London. Preparations are in full-swing for an historic event that many people will only witness once in their lifetimes, and excitement is running high!

Shortly after Charles III’s accession to the throne, three days after the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, the new king made a public pledge to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth realms that he would serve “with loyalty, respect and love”. The coronation is the first step in that promise…

The coronation will see Charles III crowned King of the United Kingdom, head of the Commonwealth and Defender of the Faith, formalising his role as the head of the Church of England. A symbolic religious ceremony, as well as an occasion of rare historic magnitude, the coronation will be steeped in ancient rites and spectacle that date back more than a millennium.

Rooted in history – looking to the future

British coronations have remained virtually unchanged for more than 1,000 years and take place at Westminster Abby, where every British monarch has been crowned since 1066 AD. We can expect Charles III’s coronation to be rooted in tradition, but Buckingham Palace has stated that it will also "reflect the monarch's role today and look towards the future".

Significantly, 2023 not only marks the year King Charles’ coronation, but also the 70th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II - a meaningful and touching convergence. Infused with layers of symbolism and detail, the coronation will contain the same vital elements of ‘the recognition’ that Queen Elizabeth II witnessed 7 decades ago, but this time will be accompanied by trumpets and calls of “God save the King!”. The oath to the Church of England, the anointing and investiture, during which the monarch is presented with objects representing their power and responsibilities, and the enthronement, will all remain crucial parts of the coronation.

Charles III will be physically crowned with St Edward’s Crown, the centrepiece of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom, made for the coronation of Charles II, and last utilised for the crowning of Elizabeth II in 1953. The Supertunica (the Robe Royal) and Coronation Ring will also feature, as will the Sovereign’s Sceptre, and the Sovereign’s Orb (the cross surmounting the orb signifying the monarch’s power ordained by God) . Camilla, as Queen Consort will also be anointed and crowned.

Here's what we know so far…

  • Buckingham Palace has released an official Coronation logo, a beautiful design by Jonny Ive celebrating the nations of the UK with their official flowers - including a rose, thistle, daffodil and a shamrock. Expect to see this image everywhere from now until May 6 (and beyond), as all coronation events and official products are to be issued under this image.
  • The coronation will likely be shorter than Queen Elizabeth’s 1953 coronation with a wider range of religions represented as a nod to the modern United Kingdom and Commonwealth. The coronation procession will also be more modest than Queen Elizabeth’s 7km route that boasted 16,000 participants!
  • The ceremony will feature new music, specially commissioned, by British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, the man responsible for legendary musicals like ‘Cats’ and ‘Phantom of the Opera’.
  • Camilla, the Queen Consort, will be crowned with Queen Mary's Crown, which has been taken out of the Tower of London to be resized ahead of the ceremony. It is thought to be the first time in recent history that an existing crown will be "recycled" for a coronation.
  • The holy oil that will be used to anoint King Charles at his coronation has already been consecrated by the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, and the Anglican archbishop in Jerusalem, Hosam Naoum at a ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The oil is based on that used at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on 2 June 1953, with a formula that dates back hundreds of years.
  • Australia will be represented by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese who has announced he is planning to attend the coronation.

Who will feature?

There are still many unknown details about the coronation, with the public guessing at which members of the royal family will appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony alongside the newly crowned king. All indications suggest a small royal party in adherence to Charles III’s aim of ‘slimmed down’ modern monarchy.

Will they, or won’t they? It is also unknown whether the embattled Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meaghan, will be in attendance, although it has now been confirmed that they have indeed been invited. Also, now that Charles III is king all his grandchildren can be styled as prince, or princess. In the leadup to the coronation the royal family's official website had been updated with new titles, listing Harry and Meghan's children as Prince Archie of Sussex and Princess Lilibet of Sussex.

The King and Queen Consort’s grandchildren will have a role to play in the coronation. Camilla’s five grandchildren will help attend to her on the day, and a role for Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in the works.

Celebrations & commemorations!

Various events to celebrate the coronation weekend have been planned across the UK and Commonwealth, including a concert and laser light show at Windsor Castle on

 Sunday 7 May. Royal fans will hold coronation viewing parties to mark the event – a wildly popular tradition that we can expect to see being upheld across Australia.

The Coronation Big Lunch is also being supported by Buckingham Palace, encouraging communities to come together with neighbours and share in food and fun together to celebrate the occasion. Camilla, Queen Consort, has been a patron of The Big Lunch since 2013.

Many royal fans and collectors will also be marking the coronation with their very own piece of history! Acquiring a coronation commemorative, or coin, is a golden opportunity not to be missed – with many of these becoming family heirlooms treasured for generations. Make sure to browse Downies Collectable’s spectacular range of coronation collectables, available in a wide range of precious metals and spectacular designs!

King Charles III Coronation 2023 $1/4 Silver-plated Prooflike Coin

ANDA Money Expo 2023 Special Releases Are Here!

The Australian numismatic community is eagerly anticipating the first of the ANDA’s (Australasian Numismatic Dealer’s Association) regional expos, taking place in Melbourne this February! As a proud member of the ANDA, Downies Collectables is thrilled to announce that they have managed to secure a limited number of the show’s eagerly anticipated special releases for their customers. Read on to find out more…

The ANDA is the professional body representing individuals and businesses dealing in coins and banknotes throughout Australasia. Dedicated to advancing the hobby of coin collecting, educating the public about numismatics, and safeguarding professionalism amongst dealers. Founded in Victoria, it has been guiding and promoting the Australian numismatic community for over 25 years!

Perhaps the most important contribution of the ANDA has been the annual events it spearheads across Australia. The ANDA’s Money Expos are open to the general public for a gold coin donation, and are a great way for coin collectors and dealers to come together to celebrate their passion.

The Melbourne Money Expo 2023 is the first of these annual events and will take place from February 18-19 at the Malvern Town Hall. Events coming up later in the year include the Brisbane Money Expo 2023 at the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre from May 13-14, and the Perth Money Expo 2023 at the South Perth Community Hall from July 15-16.

No matter which expo you attend, you can expect a thrilling time as leading local and interstate dealers, as well as the general public, gather for a massive two days of buying and selling. It’s the perfect opportunity to find that must-have piece for your collection and network with the specialists. It also promises to be a fantastic day out for the whole family, giving the kids a chance to learn about coin collecting and to get into a new hobby! Whether you are looking to expand your collection, or secure valuations and grading

 authentications for your coins and banknotes, there will be a number of experts from across the country ready to assist you.

Importantly, the ANDA Money Expos are also where the association launches exclusive and limited-edition product releases from Australia’s leading mints and institutions, like The Perth Mint and Australia Post! This year, the exclusive releases are particularly special, but if you can’t make it to view these amazing coins and presentations in person, don’t worry, Downies Collectables has secured a limited number of the special releases headlining the expo….

Melbourne ANDA Money Expo 2023 $1 Kookaburra Helmeted Honeyeater Privymark 1oz Silver Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

An official issue of the 2023 Melbourne Money Expo, this Australian legal tender coin from the Perth Mint boasts the signature 2023 kookaburra motif. Also featuring a vibrant full-colour privymark portraying the Helmeted Honeyeater! Part of an exclusive limited edition of just 2,000, each coin is crafted from 1oz of 99.99% pure, sparkling silver!
Melbourne ANDA Money Expo 2023 $1 Year of the Rabbit Stamp & Coin Cover
An official 2023 Melbourne ANDA Money Expo issue, this presentation is a unique tribute to the Year of the Rabbit. Underpinned by the Perth Mint’s Uncirculated Year of the Rabbit $1 coin, packaged in a superbly illustrated, individually numbered cover. Just 500 have been issued!

Make sure to head to Downie’s website to get your hands on one of these special issues early, as they are guaranteed to be snapped up fast!


Treasures In Your Change

What you should look out for!

In the fields of art, literature and jewellery, for example, people think that great rarities and treasures are found only safely hidden away in museums, government archives or perhaps in the homes of the rich and famous. Sometimes, however, you only need look at the coins in your pocket to find a genuine treasure!

In this blog, over the next few weeks, we will take a look at some of the coins in circulation that you might want to keep an eye out for – and what they might be worth.

Low denomination, high value!

Throughout history, the world of coinage has always had the capacity to throw up unlikely little gems that can be found in change. Often, those gems are low denomination issues – coins that someone might have had in their pocket on any given day – but are of the highest rarity.

In the USA, for example, there is the 1943 Lincoln Copper Penny (can fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction), and 1913 Liberty Head Nickel (worth millions!) In the United Kingdom, there is the extraordinarily rare 1933 Penny – an unlikely rarity that has had generations frantically searching through their coins, and that could be worth £250,000 (AUD$400,000+) today! Australia has its iconic lower denomination rarities as well, such as the 1923 Halfpenny and the King of Australian Coins, the 1930 Penny.

The 1930 Penny – the ultimate ‘treasure in change’!

1930 Penny Fine

Australia’s highest profile rarity, the 1930 Penny is a great example of a true ‘people’s rarity’. Believed to have been struck during die-testing, then set aside and put into circulation with a later penny issue, the 1930 Penny is worth anything from $25,000 to $60,000 in circulated grade.

Apart from the statistical rarity, with approximately 1,500 known surviving examples, the 1930 Penny is also underpinned by undeniable romance. As Australia’s second lowest denomination at the time, the humble penny could have been found in any pocket – from paperboy to Prime Minister! Anyone could have struck it rich by finding the famed ’30!

You won’t find a 1930 Penny in your change today, of course, with the conversion to decimal currency in 1966, but there are plenty of other interesting – and potentially valuable – coin dates, types and varieties to watch out for.

Decimal Dynamite!

So, what sort of coins are worth looking out for in change?

Since decimalisation in February 1966, virtually all of Australia’s coinage has been struck at the Royal Australian Mint (RAM) in Canberra. The RAM was established in 1965 specifically to facilitate the changeover from predecimal to decimal currency, and has always been armed with state-of-the-art minting equipment. Under these circumstances, you would think everything would work out perfectly, and every coin would be exactly as it was intended to be – but not so!

Error coin types…

Even the latest in minting technology and the most rigorous of quality control is not enough to stop blunders making it through the system and escaping into circulation. Off-centre strikes, upset dies, broadstrikes, split planchets, brockages, double-portrait or reverse issues, off-metal strikings – there are many types of Error coins, across all decimal denominations.

With most Errors worth way more than face value – the 2000 $1/10c Mule is worth thousands in better grade – their existence is a good reason to keep a close eye on your change.

Intended or known Varieties…

Sometimes the variation in the design of a coin is not due to a mistake – it can simply be due to a change in process, or an upgrade in technology. So, for example, the positioning of the reverse die in the production of the 1972 5c varied slightly, and, as a result, we have a ‘High Echidna’ type and a ‘Low Echidna’ type!

The 1994 Year of the Family 50c is known by ‘wide date’ and ‘narrow date’ types, and the 2000 Millennium 50c can be found with part of the Australian Flag on the reverse both raised from the surface of the coin, and, on rare occasions, struck into the coin – known as an incuse strike. These are all ‘Varieties’, rather than Errors.

Waltzing Matilda 1995 $1 C Mintmark Uncirculated Coin

Not-issued-for-circulation commemorative collector coins…

For several decades, the RAM has produced coins that were not intended to circulate at all, being struck in limited numbers, specially packaged, and sold to collectors. Just a

 few of many, many examples, the RAM has issued a 1995 Waltzing Matilda $1, 2000 Victoria Cross $1 and a 2007 Lifesavers 20c.

These coins – and a multitude of other not-issued-for-circulation types – are struck to the same specifications as coins found in circulation, and are genuine, official Australian legal tender issues. Thus, although unusual, it does happen that these will be found in change – definitely coins to look out for!

Low-mintage issues…

Of course, a coin doesn’t have to be ‘different’ in some way to be a ‘treasure in your change’ – sometimes it’s simple mathematics! The RAM strikes coinage to demand, and what is required for circulation and, naturally enough, mintages vary wildly.

The 1985 10c, for example, had a mintage of just two million – the lowest of the denomination! The 1993 50c had a mintage of just one million, and if we look to the $1 coin, we see some extraordinarily low mintages. The 2014 Roos $1 had a mintage of 1.052 million, the 2016 Decimal Currency $1 had a mintage of just 560,000, whilst the RAM states that the 2022 Roos $1 mintage is a mere 10,000!

Remembering that Australian coin denominations are usually struck in the tens of millions – if not 100 million and more – these mintages are astonishingly low, and the aforementioned coins are naturally seldom seen in change.

When you also take into account all of the sought after colour $2 commemorative coins – virtually all of which have been produced in very small numbers – you’ll see that low-mintage issues give you a very good reason to keep your eyes peeled.

Not-issued-for-circulation standard types…

Throughout Australia’s decimal history, there are standard, non-commemorative dates in certain denominations that were never issued at all!

In this case, the particular coin was not required for circulation, and only appears in collector issues – primarily the RAM’s annual collector Mint Set. Some examples include the 1985 5c, the 1995 10c, the 1990 20c, the 1992 50c, the 1991 $1 and the 1991 $2. All not-issued-for-circulation standard, non-commemorative dates are worth well over face value, and well worth keeping an eye out for.

So, what to look out for? And how much is it worth? Watch this space!

Regardless of what sort of coin it is – an Error, a Variety, a low-mintage issue and so on – whether it’s a treasure or not will depend on the laws of supply and demand. If demand for a particular coin exceeds supply, then the price will inevitably rise. That ‘treasure in your change’ may be worth many times the face-value! Or it may be of historic value only, or simply of interest. Of course, that traditional ‘search through change’ is not only about finding a coin worth thousands – it’s also about the thrill of the chase, and just finding that something a little different.

Over the next few weeks, every 10 to 14 days, we’ll assess each Australian denomination, what you should look out for, and how much such coins might be worth. Until we meet again, happy hunting!

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Hop into 2023 with the Year of the Rabbit!

Following hot on the heels of New Year’s Eve revelries to ring in 2023, the world is now excitedly gearing up to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Traditionally known as the Chinese New Year, this annual 15-day festival is one of the most important holidays in Chinese culture. Devotees will bound into the Year of the Rabbit with an explosion of colour, revelry and red envelopes, in a magnificent celebration that has gained many western fans in recent years.

Observed for thousands of years across Asia and the Asian diaspora, this colourful and joyful period has been widely embraced in Australia, and for good reason! Sydney's Lunar New Year celebrations are thought to be one of the largest outside Asia as millions join in to exalt new beginnings, family, goodwill, and love!

Originally an agricultural holiday, the ‘Spring Festival’ is believed to have originated during China’s Shang Dynasty. Lunar New Year carries with it a trove of traditions that are based on an amalgamation of history, symbolism, superstition and myth. People celebrate Lunar New Year in different ways depending on their culture and family history, but many common threads unite adherents in setting an intention for a lucky and prosperous future.

Because the Lunar New Year is determined by the cycles of the moon the dates change each year. 2023 Lunar New Year falls on January 22, with revelries lasting until February 5. A colourful tapestry of traditions, the festival is distinguished by firework displays, red clothing and beautiful paper decorations intended to usher out the old year and bring forth luck and prosperity. There are customs to honour relatives who have died, and bless loved ones and the young with coins and money in red envelopes. The culmination of festivities is the Lantern Festival, during which people hang glowing lanterns in temples in a night-time parade.

An important tradition is the designation of a zodiac animal to each new year, with the attributes of that animal determining the fortunes of those born under its influence. The origin of zodiac animals lies in the legend of the Jade Emperor, who decided that there should be a way to measure time. It is said that he commanded all animals to compete in a race, with the first 12 animals being rewarded by having a year dedicated to them.

The rabbit is the fourth animal in the 12-year Chinese lunar cycle. A demure animal reliant on intellect rather than strength, the rabbit is believed to manifest longevity, prosperity, hope and peace and is representative of the moon in Chinese culture. Those born in the year of this auspicious creature are seen as lucky, kind and sensitive. Rabbits are considered social beings whose attention to detail make them great scholars. This animal also makes for an elegant and eye-catching artistic subject and there are a range of exceptional and exclusive coins available to commemorate it…

Make sure to celebrate the Lunar New Year in style, or honour the rabbit in your life in the best way possible! Downies Collectables has a huge range of spectacular Lunar New Year coins and commemoratives in a range of precious metals, including pure gold and silver, to suit every budget! Plus, there’s FREE SHIPPING available for a limited time, making Downie’s customers some very lucky bunnies! So bound into action now and make the Year of the Rabbit one to remember!

Gifting is a wrap at Downies!

Your collector dad’s birthday is coming up, you need a special gift for the kid that loves Harry Potter, your anniversary is fast approaching and your partner has it all, it’s almost Christmas and you don’t know where to begin! No worries, we have you covered with unique, quality gifts for everyone on your list, no matter the occasion. Guaranteed to please on any budget…

If Downies Collectables has a superpower, it’s helping our customers find stand-out gifts for those they love. Surprise and delight with a special pressie that shows just how much you care for, and know, the intended recipient. A gift should not only be beautiful, but thoughtful, taking into consideration the lucky guy or gal’s interests and passions – that way it will be treasured forever. It’s well worth the effort when you see just how much the perfect gift can brighten that special someone’s day!

You no longer need to spend countless hours looking for the ideal gift. We’ve put together a comprehensive gift guide to help you through the process, reduce your stress and give your nearest-and-dearest a gift that they’ll really appreciate. Our gift ideas are guaranteed to make you a legend amongst friends and family. We have so many options, whether your gift is for a pop-culture fan, motoring enthusiast, sport fanatic, nature lover, coin collector, history buff and everything in between, you’ve come to the right place to find something for everyone. Browse and be inspired…

Sleigh-it with these unique Christmas gifts
Get into the festive spirit with awe-inspiring gifts that will have everyone on your list jingling with joy! What’s more, it’s so easy – with great ideas for him, her and the kids all in one place. Best of all, you don’t have to spend a bomb to put the perfect pressie under the tree, with awesome finds for under $50! We even have a Christmas card boasting genuine legal tender festive coins from around the world. So don’t wait another minute! We’ve done all the hard work for you - browse games, coins, commemoratives, figurines, books and more now!

Thrilling gifts for the motoring enthusiast
Get ready to rev your engine and race into the most exciting selection of auto-themed coins and supercar memorabilia in Australia! These eye-catching collectables are MUST-HAVE gifts for racing fans. You’ll find model cars, replicas, super car-themed coin collections, books and games celebrating Holden, Ford and more…

Best gifts for pop-culture fans
Give the pop-culture fans what they really want! We have ‘super’ Marvel-themed coins, out-of-this-world Star Wars gifts, magical Harry Potter pressies and even band-themed coins that will rock your bestie’s world. Let Downies Collectables be your gifting superhero…

Awesome gifts for kids, according to kids!
Welcome to a world of fun gifts that will excite and amaze every child and get them learning and exploring before they even realise it! Coin collections are a great gift for kids – exciting, novel and a way for them to learn about geography, numismatics, history and so much more! We also have a range of pop culture-themed collectables and commemoratives, games and books that will get them exploring different themes, off their devises, and engaging with the whole family! From Australiana and animals to Disney and Star Wars, explore the possibilities today!

Precious pressies for coin collectors
A gift from Downies Collectables is what every coin collector desires! We have the latest legal tender coins from the world’s leading mints in a range of precious metals to feed their passion and fascinating books on numismatics to keep them entertained for hours. Who says money isn’t a great gift? For the coin collector, there’s nothing more exciting than Australian decimal and pre-decimal coins, gold sovereigns, penny sets, rare coins, ancient coinage and so much more. Browse now and make sure your loved one keeps ‘coining it’ with a very special gift.

Gorgeous and thoughtful gifts for her
We have a gift for the special woman in your life - mother, wife, best friend, daughter and everything in between! Guaranteed to put a smile on her face, our collectables, coins, figurines and jewelry gift ideas will impress her with their special meaning and eye-catching beauty. From Royal Selangor collectables she can display with pride, timeless gold-tipped roses, and a few Disney princesses, what more could a girl ask for?

Great gifts for guys
Men don’t need to be tough to shop for, whether you’re shopping for a mate’s birthday, the hubby’s anniversary gift, a beloved granddad, or dad’s big day, we have everything he needs to fill his man-cave! Discover themed collectables, models, books and games for the motor-enthusiast and sports fan, coins for the numismatic expert and rarities for the historian. Impress him with the gift that keeps on giving – exciting monthly subscriptions on every passion imaginable, from James Bond to Star Wars. Whether you’re in the mood to spoil, or spend under $50, we have a gift to please.

Gifts that won’t break the bank – under $50!
Just because they’re not pricy, doesn’t mean they’re not seriously impressive! Heavy on thoughtfulness and fun, but light on the wallet, these brilliant gifts under $50 cover a wide range of interests. From collectable coins, coin and stamp sets, games and commemoratives - you will find a unique gift sure to excite.

Wowza! Impressive gifts for life’s important occasions
Want to make an impression and mark an important event in style? We have the special gift you need for all those important occasions – the lunar New Year celebration, weddings, Christenings, and milestone birthdays. Mark a birth or engagement with a meaningful gold coin, give the history buff an ancient Greek of Roman coin for their big birthday, or gift your 007-obsessed husband the full James Bond coin collection that will make his year! The options for remarkable gifts are endless…

Gifts from ‘Down Under’

Downies have a wide range of Australiana-themed gifts, coins and commemoratives for those enamored with everything ‘down under’! Limited edition coins celebrating Australia’s unique wildlife in a range of precious metals make spectacular gifts, and if you’re shopping for someone who is an Aussie sport, or motorsport fan – we have the perfect gift for them too! Plus, we offer the widest range of Australian decimal coins that will make any collector’s day.

Fun and games!
All the classics with a twist! Looking for a gift idea for that special person that combines their passions and interests with all the fun of ‘game night’? Look no further, we offer puzzles and legendary board games like monopoly, top trumps, cluedo and more in a variety of exciting themes – from James Bond, to Marvel, to Harry Potter and even Holden!

Our top gift picks for the experts
Know a history buff, or coin collector, that you would love to spoil (and impress) with the perfect gift? Shopping for the serious collector no longer needs to be an educated guess on your part, because we have curated a fantastic collection of books, rare coins, banknotes, stamps and historically-themed commemoratives that will leave any expert weak at the knees. Whether their interest lies in war memorabilia, or they have a passion for rare Australian coins, gold sovereigns, royal history or ancient coins, we have some fascinating treasures just waiting to be discovered, and gifted… 

Experience Holden’s ‘final roar’ at the VALO Adelaide 500

This December, the VALO Adelaide 500 will be back for the first time in three years, providing super-car enthusiasts with four action-packed days of adrenaline! The Adelaide street circuit is renowned for high-stakes racing and an electric atmosphere that draws enthusiasts from around the world. The 2022 event will not only provide fans with highly anticipated supercars, drivers and star-studded music acts, but will also feature a very special event close to Aussie hearts. A Holden Tribute Cruise has been announced to celebrate the country’s greatest auto icon as the sun sets on its racing history.

Indelibly linked to the history of Australian motorsport, the Holden brand has raced supercars for over half a century and produced a pride of legends doing it! The early 1990’s – 2020 represented the heyday of Aussie motorsport with Holden playing a critical role in the longevity of the V8 era - defined by jubilant crowds, mammoth sponsorship deals, megastars, as well as its fair share of drama, crashes and unforgettable moments! In Toranas, Commodores and Monaros, Holden’s legendary drivers celebrated a total of thirty-four Bathurst victories, twenty-one ATCC/Supercars championships, four Australian Rally Championships and two Bathurst 24 Hours!

On Saturday 3 December, a procession of Holden cars will travel from the former Elizabeth Holden factory to the Adelaide 500 street circuit at Victoria Park to commemorate the brand’s final supercars race at the VALO Adelaide 500. Ever the ‘people’s car’, Holden owners from across Australia have been invited to secure their place in the cavalcade by purchasing a Saturday ticket and seeing off this beloved brand with a ‘final roar’.

 “It is fitting Holden’s final race will be at the Adelaide street circuit and the Holden Tribute Cruise will give Holden fans a chance to commemorate this historic occasion.” says Premier Peter Malinauskas.

Further commemorating Holden’s grand legacy at the upcoming VALO Adelaide 500, fans will be treated to a display of 33 iconic Holden cars with the grand send-off culminating in legendary driver, Craig Lowndes, completing a lap of honour behind the wheel of a Holden. The perfect choice, Lowndes won three Supercars Championships, as well as four Bathurst 1000s in a Holden!

For the fans! The Final Roar Enamel Penny Set…

If you are a Holden, or motorsport, super-fan and want a memento of racing’s golden years, then the HOLDEN’S FINAL ROAR collection is not to be missed! An official Holden product, it includes seven GOLD PLATED genuine Australian pennies - featuring unforgettable cars from Holden’s racing history. From the first Holden to take part in an international racing event in 1953, through to the ‘Final Roar’ of the 2020 Bathurst win - this collection encompasses Holden’s triumphs through the decades! The perfect conversation starter, to reminisce about the good old days. Click here to view the great range of Holden and motorsport memorabilia at Downies Collectables and grab your HOLDEN’S FINAL ROAR collection today!

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