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Holdens Mark on Australian Culture Celebrated with New Gold-Plated Commemorative Collection

A chapter of Australian history is ending this year - with General Motors announcing the closure of the Holden brand for good. This is a devastating blow for car enthusiasts and the industry alike. Now, Macquarie Mint is launching the Holden Legacy Collection to remember the Australian legends.

Since the 1940s Holden has been raising the bar for Australian car manufacturing. Their desire to build ‘Australia’s Own Car’ resulted in the release of the ’48-215’ – simply known as the ‘Holden’.

Holden continued to produce a range of vehicles over the next 70 years. In that time, they released some of the most affordable high-performance cars on the market.

Generations of Australians have owned, driven, raced or modified a Holden. The good memories of most Australian’s involve a Holden or two.


Nine Commemorative Collection Honouring Holden

The 24-carat gold-plated commemoratives come housed in a FREE collection folder. Highly exclusive, the Holden Legacy Collection has a limited edition of just 10,000 collections worldwide. Officially licensed by Holden, this collection is a must-have for Holden fans! The Holden Legacy Collection features nine of the most iconic Holdens, with designs based on classic Holden advertising material.

Each medallion includes a free collector postcard, featuring the full design of the respective Holden Ad.

Some of the commemoratives feature… 

VFII Commodore Redline - The final vehicle to leave the Lion brand’s South Australian manufacturing line before production ceased. The most powerful Commodore ever, this car represents 39-years of Commodore manufacturing history.

HX Kingswood – Luxury and comfort at the right price! Owned by many families in the 70s, Gen Xers are likely to remember sitting in the back on family trips.

FJ Ute - A classic from the 1950s, the FJ Ute was considered an ‘all Australian car’. Many Aussies owned this as their first vehicle.

HK Monaro - Monaros have been in and out of production over the years. The original HK GTS featured the option of two Chevrolet V8s.

48-215 – ‘Australia’s Own Car’, produced in Fisherman’s Bend in 1948. The landmark car managed to wow everyone on launch day. Then PM, Ben Chifley, even exclaimed ‘She’s a beauty!

Other featured Holdens can be viewed at downies.com/holden-legacy.


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Subscribers will receive nine gold plated medallions at the rate of one per month. The first shipment is available at the special introductory price of only $29.95 with free delivery! Further monthly releases are available at the subscriber-only price of $59.95 each (Plus $12 postage, handling & insurance). Subscribers will also receive a free collectors presentation folder to store their complete collection in, plus free collector postcards. 

This is a collection that will be in high demand! For you Holden fanatics, this is a must-have collection to keep for generations. With such a limited mintage, you must act immediately to secure yours!

Buy now at downies.com/holden-legacy or call 1300 788 358.

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‘Birds of Australia’ Collection Recognises John Gould’s Study of Bird’s in Australia.

Macquarie Mint is excited to add a new volume in the immensely popular Birds of Australia Subscription. Eight new medallions are now part of the collection – bringing it to a total of 24. Some new birds featured include the ‘White-Fronted Falcon’ and the ‘Australian Masked Owl’.

The Birds of Australia Collection pays homage to one of the most famous works of Australian literature. John Gould’s ‘The Birds of Australia’ features seven volumes. Published in the 1840s – it represents the first in-depth study of Australian birdlife. And the books wouldn’t be complete without the impressive illustrations by Elizabeth Gould, John Gould’s talented wife.

The Birds of Australia Collection brings these outstanding illustrations to life in stunning full-colour. This collection pays tribute to John Gould’s important contributions to ornithology and Elizabeth’s beautiful works of art.

Third Volume Available Now!

The first two volumes of the Birds of Australia Collection have been immensely popular since their initial release. And now Macquarie Mint is thrilled to bring you the third volume of 8-more medallions. John Gould has made a major contribution to science, his studies being used in the inception of Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection!>

This collection captures Australian birdlife in vibrant full-colour through a precise colouring technique. The commemoratives also feature a unique obverse design brilliantly struck with intricate detail and finished in 99.9% pure silver.

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Upon subscribing you will receive the Eastern Rosella commemorative as your first issue. Finished in silver, featuring a life-like full-colour design of this beloved Australian Parrot. Plus, you’ll immediately save $20 off the series price. You will then receive further issues for $59.95 per shipment.

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Australia’s Historic Puffing Billy Railway Honoured with officially licensed 99.9% Pure Silver Coin!

If you grew up in or visited Melbourne, then you likely have fond memories of rolling through the Dandenong Ranges in Puffing Billy. Earning its name from locals, the line began operating 120 years ago in Melbourne’s picturesque outer east. Since the 1950’s it has been one of the country’s most popular tourist trains.

Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have made fond childhood memories hanging out of the train’s windows over the famous trestle bridges. Being able to re-live the early 20th-century experience of riding a steam train with on-board conductors is a must-do in Melbourne. And it wouldn’t be a day on Puffing Billy if you didn’t stop at Gembrook for a picnic!

And of course, these experiences wouldn’t be possible without the tireless efforts of more than 600 dedicated volunteers.

120 Years Captured In a 1oz Silver Proof Coin!

Marking the 120th Anniversary of the opening of the mail line between Belgrave and Gembrook in 1900, this officially licensed Puffing Billy Railway product is struck from pure 99.9% silver and forms a fantastic tribute to the world-famous Puffing Billy!

Official legal tender of Niue, the coin measures 40mm in diameter. The stunning full-colour design features the iconic train in action. Also included is an individually numbered certificate and a beautiful plush presentation case.

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With an extremely limited mintage of just 1,000, the 2020 $1 Puffing Billy 1oz Silver Proof Coin is bound to sell out quickly!

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Buy yours now for $179 online at downies.com/puffingbilly or call 1300 788 358 to place an order. 

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How You Can Support Mental Health Services and Build a Great Collection

Every year, October 10th is officially recognised as World Mental Health Day. It is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. The day is especially significant in 2020 – as the world goes through some turbulent times. The goal of this year’s campaign is to increase investment in mental health worldwide.

Essential workers who have been on the frontline of the pandemic need access to the best mental health services. Australian’s are lucky to have dedicated not-for-profits such as Beyond Blue to support these people.

Beyond Blue’s vision is for every Australian to achieve their best possible mental health. Their mission is to equip Australians with the skills they need to look after their own mental health and wellbeing. This work is crucial in supporting essential workers during the pandemic.


To support Beyond Blue’s vision, Macquarie Mint will donate a portion of the proceeds from every coin purchased in the Thank You Collection to Beyond Blue.


Say ‘Thank You’ with the Thank You Collection!

The Thank You Collection is a way to honour the efforts of Australia’s essential frontline workers during the pandemic.

Whether you’re in healthcare, emergency services or one of the many other essential services, everyone who has kept the nation running deserves to be thanked!

This collection is the perfect way to build a meaningful collection and thank essential workers by helping us to support Beyond Blue’s goals.

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Start a new collection and support Beyond Blue with the Thank You to Our Key Workers Collection, featuring 99.9% pure silver-plated coins. You will also receive a complimentary folder as part of your subscription.

Subscribe now and receive your first coin – ‘Thank You’ – for the special introductory price of only $24.95 - SAVE 50% off the series price.

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Help Promote Strong Mental Health with the Thank You Collection

Mental Health is an issue that impacts the lives of every Australian in one way or another.

With everyone around the world having experienced some sort of change in their life as a result of the ongoing pandemic, looking after ourselves and reaching out to friends, family, colleagues and even casual acquaintances is the key to getting through this.

This is especially true for our workers on the frontline of this crisis, working selflessly to get us through to the other end of this.

In Australia, we’re lucky to have dedicated not-for-profits such as Beyond Blue to help us through tough times. Beyond Blue‘s vision is for everyone in Australia to achieve their best possible mental health. Their mission is to equip Australians with the skills they need to look after their own mental health and wellbeing and to create confidence in their ability to support those around them. This work is crucial in supporting essential workers during the pandemic.

Macquarie Mint is proud to be supporting Beyond Blue in their mission to change lives for the better.

To help support these critical mental health initiatives that benefit essential workers and all Australians, we’ve developed the Thank You Collection.

A portion of the proceeds from every coin sold in the collection will be donated to Beyond Blue.


Not All Heroes Wear Capes

The Thank You Collection is a way of honouring the efforts of Australia’s essential frontline workers during the pandemic.

Whether you’re in healthcare, emergency services or one of the many other essential services, everyone who has kept the nation running deserves to be thanked!


Subscribe Today and Support Beyond Blue!

This collection is the perfect way to build a meaningful collection and thank essential workers by helping us to support Beyond Blue’s goals.

Show your support for our selfless essential workers, the everyday heroes that keep the country running with our Thank You To Our Key Workers Collection, featuring 99.9% pure silver-plated coins. As you build your collection you will also receive a free folder to keep your coins in.

Subscribe now and receive your first coin – ‘Thank You’ – for the special introductory price of only $24.95 - SAVE 50% off the series price.

 

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.

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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.

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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!

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 Downies.com.au. 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 Downies.com.au will be the source for model collectors and car enthusiast all over.

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WE’RE OPEN FOR BUSINESS AS USUAL!

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.

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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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