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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! 

Shop the Elton John 2020 Range Today

New Gruffalo Coins Coming Soon

Celebrating 20 years of the famous children’s book, two more Gruffalo coins are about to take the Australian coin collecting world by storm.

 

He has terrible tusks, and terrible claws,

And terrible teeth in his terrible jaws.

He’s the Gruffalo!

-  Julia Donaldson, The Gruffalo

In 1999, a children’s book was released that would captivate the hearts and imaginations of kids across the globe. British author, teacher, singer and songwriter Julia Donaldson had struck gold with The Gruffalo, her charming tale of a canny mouse evading danger in the woods.

Adapted from a Chinese folk tale, the premise was simple.

Afraid of being eaten by the many sinister creatures asking him to dinner, a mouse invents an even greater foe: the gruffalo. His plan works, deterring his would-be attackers … Until he actually encounters a gruffalo, that is! Now what will he do?

The Gruffalo – a storybook phenomenon

Paired with delightful illustrations by Axel Scheffler, the story was an instant smash-hit. It spawned a follow-up in The Gruffalo’s Child, multiple stage plays, a film, toys and even a theme park ride. And this year, thanks to the Royal Mint, this whimsical tale has received more tributes: in cupro-nickel and precious sterling silver.

Initially released in February this year, a first wave of coins featured the Gruffalo’s iconic face. The Gruffalo proof coin, struck from sterling silver, sold out within hours of release. Demand was fierce, with children and collectors alike eager to get their hands on these beautiful British coins. And now, fans’ hearts are about to skip a beat: there’s a new design on the way.

The new Gruffalo coin

The mouse and the gruffalo face off against one another in this captivating scene, straight from the pages of the book. It has been captured in vivid full-colour on the silver Proof version, while the Brilliant Uncirculated coin showcases the Royal Mint’s superb minting standards.

The coins will be available for order later this month, so stay tuned for more information!

But for now, if you walk in the woods, best to be careful, just in case.  There’s no such thing as a Gruffalo …as far as we know.

Want to add the newest Gruffalo coins to your collection? Keep an eye on Downies’ Gruffalo range for updates!

 

Ford GT Legend Reborn!

With the arrival of the Ford Falcon XR in 1966, Ford Australia created a legend with the introduction of the GT nameplate to the Falcon range. From the XR model through to XB, the GT line emerged as the high-performance model from the Falcon range and the “Aussie Muscle Car” was born. 

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