In 1797, the colony of NSW desperately needed hard currency. These coins saved the day.
Numismatist Alex Pallent has returned to Downies - and he's here to help you find rare coins and banknotes!
Downies Coins Melbourne will be attending a number of exciting Coin Shows around Australia in 2018.
In the recent passing of Stuart Devlin, AO CMG, the world has lost a rare talent.
Did you know that March 5-11 was Kidney Health week?
Seven new Australian legal tender types are set to hit Woolworths tills!
Throughout our 85 years as Australia’s home of coins and collectables, we’ve never been afraid of ingenuity. Which is why we are absolutely delighted to share this exciting announcement with you.
Downies is proud to congratulate Ken Downie for receiving the Lord Mayor’s Commendation this year! Southbank Local News has written a lovely article on the event.
Day one of the 2017 International Stamp Exhibition proved to be one of the busiest mornings I’ve seen at a trade show in quite some time. From the moment, the doors opened hordes of enthusiasts flocked to the Australia Post pop up shop to secure their Day One souvenir products.
Once everyone began to settle into the show we found that quite a few attendees were very keen to have their collections appraised and some were quite surprised with just how much their little old bread tin filled with old coins was truly worth!
Downies Numismatist, Steve Kirby was run off his feet with a fantastic array of old and new coins being consigned for our upcoming July Auction.
The Gilded 1932 Penny which celebrates the 85th Anniversary of Downies Coins was another unexpected pleasant surprise for our customers who made a purchase today. The only way to secure one of these beautiful coins is by making a purchase at one of the upcoming trade shows. These coins will not be available anywhere else so make sure you drop in and say hello!
Contributed by Matthew Thompson (Downies Staff)
1,400 – the number of men it took to construct the Bridge
8 – the numbers of years it took to build the Bridge
122,000 – the cubic metres of rock excavated for the foundations
6,000,000 & 53,000 – hand-driven rivets and tonnes of steel used in construction respectively
272,000 – the litres of paint required for the initial three coats!
96 – the number of locomotives positioned in various ways to test the load capacity of the Bridge before declared safe
£6.25m – the cost of the construction. The equivalent of A$492,250,000 today, it took 56 years for this amount to be paid off!
1,149m – the length of the Bridge, making it the sixth longest long-span bridge in the world
134m – the height of the Bridge from the top of the arch to the water level, making it the tallest long-span bridge in the world
48.8m – the width of the Bridge – the widest steel span arch bridge until 2012
11,000 & 160,000 – the approximate average daily traffic in 1932 and 2017
85 – the number of years since officially opened on March 19, 1932
Today, the Bridge stands as one of Australia’s foremost landmarks – an instantly recognised symbol of our nation. To mark the 85th anniversary of this iconic structure on March 19, new Gold & Silver Proofs have been issued!
To know more or to place an order please CLICK HERE.