Australian Coin Auctions

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 hammer with 87% of lots sold – once again emphasising our industry leading clearance rates. Prices realised are now available online.

Highlights included:

Lot 2683 - Charles I (1625-1649) Pound, Oxford Mint Lot 2666 - Charles I Oxford Pound Est. $7,500 - Sold $16,000

Lot 2669 Lot 2669 - Newark Besieged Shilling Est. $1,500 - Sold $2,600

Lot 2687 - Newark Besieged (1645-May 1646) Ninepence 1646 (S3144; N2641) Lot 2670 - Newark Besieged Ninepence Est. $2,000 - Sold $3,200

Lot 2689 - English Civil War, Pontefract Besieged (June 1648-March 1648/9) Round Shilling 1648 Lot 2672 - Pontefract Besieged Round Shilling Est. $5,000 - Sold $8,000

Lot 2690 - English Civil War, Pontefract Besieged (June 1648-March 1648/9) Octagonal Shilling 1648 Lot 2673 -Pontefract Besieged Octagonal Shilling Est. $5,000 - Sold $8,500

Preparations for our next auction are already well underway. To be held at Box Hill Town Hall in Melbourne on the 3rd and 4th of May 2016, consignments for Sale 321 are now being accepted. Please contact us today to arrange an appointment at our Melbourne head office, at either of our retail stores, or in your home or office. Consignments close early March.

Australian Coin Auctions Sale 320 Highlights

The last Downies auction for 2015, Sale 320 is distinguished by an abundance of highlights across a range of numismatic and collector themes. Sure to be a major event for Australian numismatics, the sale comprises more than 3,500 lots, with pre-sale estimates exceeding $1.1 million. Viewing is highly recommended, and when you peruse the array of highlights below, you will understand why.

  • Ten 1923 Halfpennies and three 1930 Pennies, from one of best Commonwealth consignments we have seen in years, with over 650 lots catering for all budgets
  • A typically extensive predecimal gold section (170 lots) including an 1855 Sydney Mint Half Sovereign in Fine/good Fine condition
  • A Ten Shillings Collins-Allen last prefix banknote in almost Very Fine
  • Approximately 100 lots of English hammered coins, including some of the finest we have ever offered. Highlighted by a strong showing of siege pieces from Charles I
  • An extensive range of antiquities and Ancient coins
  • An enticing array of Australian, British and world military medals, including a WWII Group of Seven to an Australian Pathfinder Force Wing Commander
  • No less than nine bravery awards including the very rare Ovalau Medal 1903

Lot 1049 - The Ovalau Medal 1903 Lot 1049 - The Ovalau Medal 1903

Lot 1049 - The Ovalau Medal 1903, engraved naming to W.Brett, presented by the N.S.W. Government to members of the ship’s crew for gallant and meritorious exertion in trying to save the ship and saving the passengers by transporting them to Lord Howe Island, comes with copy of news article concerning the wreck with picture of the ship, VF and extremely rare. Est. $2,500

Lot 1073 - 1855 Sovereign Fine/gFine Lot 1073 - 1855 Sydney Mint Sovereign Fine/gFine

Lot 1073 - 1855 Fine/gFine, the key date and rare especially in this grade, probably the 9th or 10th finest known. Est. $40,000

Lot 2106 Ten Shillings Collins-Allen medium prefix and suffix letters M/F last prefix (R2e) Lot 2106 Ten Shillings Collins-Allen medium prefix and suffix letters M/F last prefix (R2e)

Lot 2106 Ten Shillings Collins-Allen medium prefix and suffix letters M/F last prefix (R2e) a new untouched example with full colour and crisp sharp corners, a full bodied aVF example that is highly underrated with a mere handful offered this grade or better in recent years, a superb type note. Est. $7,500

Lot 2683 - Charles I (1625-1649) Pound, Oxford Mint Lot 2683 - Charles I (1625-1649) Pound, Oxford Mint

Lot 2683 - Charles I (1625-1649) Pound, Oxford Mint with Shrewsbury-style equestrian portrait (S2940, N2398) beautiful even gunmetal grey cabinet toning, gVF. Est. $7,500

Lot 2687 - Newark Besieged (1645-May 1646) Ninepence 1646 (S3144; N2641) Lot 2687 - Newark Besieged (1645-May 1646) Ninepence 1646 (S3144; N2641)

Lot 2687 - Newark Besieged (1645-May 1646) Ninepence 1646 (S3144; N2641) retaining some gilding from the original item prior to being cut and prepared for coinage, near EF. Est. $2,000

Lot 2689 - English Civil War, Pontefract Besieged (June 1648-March 1648/9) Round Shilling 1648 Lot 2689 - English Civil War, Pontefract Besieged (June 1648-March 1648/9) Round Shilling 1648

Lot 2689 - English Civil War, Pontefract Besieged (June 1648-March 1648/9) Round Shilling 1648, struck after the execution of Charles I in the name of Charles II (S3150; N2648) VF. Est. $5,000

Lot 2690 - English Civil War, Pontefract Besieged (June 1648-March 1648/9) Octagonal Shilling 1648 Lot 2690 - English Civil War, Pontefract Besieged (June 1648-March 1648/9) Octagonal Shilling 1648

Lot 2690 - English Civil War, Pontefract Besieged (June 1648-March 1648/9) Octagonal Shilling 1648, struck after the execution of Charles I in the name of Charles II (S3151; N2649) VF. Est. $5,000

Lot 3106 - WWII DFC Group of Seven to an Australian Wing Commander, with group of four post-War Belgian decorations to the same recipient. Lot 3106 - WWII DFC Group of Seven to an Australian Wing Commander, with group of four post-War Belgian decorations to the same recipient.

Lot 3106 - WWII DFC Group of Seven to an Australian Wing Commander serving in Britain with the RAF Bomber Command’s Pathfinder Force; with group of four post-War Belgian decorations to the same recipient. (View catalogue for full description of medals and accompanying material) Est. $7,500
This is just a taste of the exciting array of material in Sale 320.

Happy bidding, and good luck!

Now Accepting Consignments For Auction 320

If you are a reader of Coin & Banknote Magazine (CAB) you may have seen the ad below in the latest edition, asking for consignments for Auction 320 - to be held on November 10 & 11 at Box Hill Town Hall.

The Box Hill Town Hall location proved to be a well-received venue for our last auction, which included the Royal Australian Mint's Master Collection Sale.

CAB - Consignments Ad (HR)

If you have any items you'd like to have considered for inclusion in Auction 320, don't hesitate to contact our Australian Coin Auctions department by visiting www.downies.com/aca or by calling 1300 788 358.

Now Accepting Consignments for Downies ACA Auction 320

A grand event for Australian numismatics, Downies Australian Coin Auctions Sale 319 was an outstanding success.

Comprising more than 4,000 lots, and therefore ranking as one of our largest ever auctions, Sale 319 was highlighted by dual catalogues with the inclusion of the Royal Australian Mint Master Collection. We saw more than a million dollars worth of material go under the hammer, and the overall clearance rate was over 86%. Yet, never happy to rest on our laurels, preparations for our next auction are already well underway.

To be held at Box Hill Town Hall in Melbourne on the 10th and 11th of November, consignments for Sale 320 are now being accepted. Please contact us today to arrange an appointment at our Melbourne head office, at either of our retail stores, or in your home or office. Consignments close early September.

For more information visit the Australian Coin Auctions website or call us on 1300 788 358

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 items that we feel are extra special and deserve a bit of added attention.

995

Lot 995 - 2009 $5 Silver Gold Plated Proof International Polar Year FDC
Particularly significant on account of being a gold plated version commissioned by the Royal Society of Victoria, only 500 coins were struck within the official mintage, with the above example being outside that mintage figure. Estimated at $300.

1046

Lot 1046 - 1993 $10 Silver Proof Bird Series UNEP Cockatoo FDC
This coin has rarely been seen and was struck as part of the United Nations Environment Programme. Little is known about this release but it should be noted that on this production unit the strike is noticeably weaker than the standard and piedfort versions, and as a result appears to be missing feathers. Estimated at $250.

492

Lot 492 - 2004 $1 Eureka Stockade Al-Br Unc
Struck for the 150th anniversary of the Eureka Stockade and in the highest rarity BU quality, this coin is especially significant for having no mintmark. The regular mintage of coins were produced for the ANDA show mobile press and as such carry a counterstamp. We expect a lot of interest in this coin. Estimated at $1,000.

1141

Lot 1141 - 2012 $3000 Gold Proof Like Lucky Dragon 1 Kilo FDC
With a worldwide mintage of just 99 coins, this 74.77mm 1 Kilogram Gold Coin (in exquisite FDC quality) is undoubtedly the headlining piece of the Master Collection and sure to pique the attention of every collector, regardless of their ability to bid within the $60,000 estimate.

You can view the entire Master Collection catalogue online at http://www.downies.com/aca/pages/catalogue_319A.asp

Downies Presents The Royal Australian Mint's Master Collection

An auction unlike any other in Australian history, Downies is delighted to present the Royal Australian Mint’s Master Collection – an assembly of ‘production standard master’ coins used to ensure the highest possible quality in the creation of Australia’s decimal coinage.

Royal Australian Mint Master Collection Catalogue

Uniquely Australian and never offered before!

The Royal Australian Mint holds just a single example of every issued Australian circulating and collector coin type as a production standard master coin. Each master coin is not included in the official mintage figure and has never previously been offered for public or private sale. With over 1,100 Royal Australian Mint master coins on offer, our next auction represents an outstanding opportunity for collectors to secure an important piece of the RAM’s proud 50-year history.

What makes these coins so special?

Two samples are selected from the first batch of coins struck. One of those samples is then selected as the quality standard and stored at the Mint’s quality control area. This coin is marked in red to identify them as the quality standard. The other coin is used by the Mint’s production team on the factory floor in order to check the quality of a sample taken from each subsequent batch of coins struck. After 5 years the coin used by the production team is destroyed, leaving only the coin stored in the quality control. This is therefore the only legal tender coin from a particular strike to not be included in the overall mintage figures, making it unique and of specific significance.

Updated Auction dates – Tuesday May 26 - Thursday May 28

To accommodate this unprecedented offering from the Royal Australian Mint, we have moved our next Downies Australian Coin Auctions sale to May 26 to 28 – to be held at the Box Hill Town Hall in Melbourne’s east. Viewing of the auction will take place at Downies Head Office in Mitcham for 5 days from May 20. Visit our Contact Us Page for location details.

The Royal Australian Mint's Master Collection Catalogue

You can view the complete list of items from the Master Collection at our Auction 319A Page, where you will find downloadable PDFs of the catalogue itself, as well as a website version that includes pictures of every coin offered in the Master Collection.

Downies Presents The Royal Australian Mint's Master Collection

An auction unlike any other in Australian history, Downies is delighted to present the Royal Australian Mint’s Master Collection – an assembly of ‘production standard master’ coins used to ensure the highest possible quality in the creation of Australia’s decimal coinage.

Royal Australian Mint Master Collection Catalogue

Uniquely Australian and never offered before!

The Royal Australian Mint holds just a single example of every issued Australian circulating and collector coin type as a production standard master coin. Each master coin is not included in the official mintage figure and has never previously been offered for public or private sale. With over 1,100 Royal Australian Mint master coins on offer, our next auction represents an outstanding opportunity for collectors to secure an important piece of the RAM’s proud 50-year history.

What makes these coins so special?

Two samples are selected from the first batch of coins struck. One of those samples is then selected as the quality standard and stored at the Mint’s quality control area. This coin is marked in red to identify them as the quality standard. The other coin is used by the Mint’s production team on the factory floor in order to check the quality of a sample taken from each subsequent batch of coins struck. After 5 years the coin used by the production team is destroyed, leaving only the coin stored in the quality control. This is therefore the only legal tender coin from a particular strike to not be included in the overall mintage figures, making it unique and of specific significance.

Updated Auction dates – Tuesday May 26 - Thursday May 28

To accommodate this unprecedented offering from the Royal Australian Mint, we have moved our next Downies Australian Coin Auctions sale to May 26 to 28 – to be held at the Box Hill Town Hall in Melbourne’s east. Viewing of the auction will take place at Downies Head Office in Mitcham for 5 days from May 20. Visit our Contact Us Page for location details.

The Royal Australian Mint's Master Collection Catalogue

You can view the complete list of items from the Master Collection at our Auction 319A Page, where you will find downloadable PDFs of the catalogue itself, as well as a website version that includes pictures of every coin offered in the Master Collection.

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