Rarities

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.

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.

Auction 317: Amazing Predecimal Proof Consignments

Some amazing lots have been consigned to Auction 317, with perhaps none more spectacular than this array of astonishing Australian Predecimal Proofs.

1925 Halfpenny FDC

1925 Halfpenny Proof FDC

Struck only for archival purposes, and for distribution to other mints and public institutions such as museums, as with virtually all pre-1955 FDC/Proof coins, the 1925 Halfpenny FDC is extremely rare. Indeed, it is believed that this important Roaring 20s Proof/FDC coin before you is one of perhaps 6 to 12 examples struck. Seldom available to collectors, its appearance in Downies Australian Coin Auctions Sale 317 represents a crucial opportunity.

1937 Crown FDC

1937 Crown Proof FDC

Struck to celebrate the Coronation of King George VI, the 1937 Crown FDC is one of Australia’s most desirable predecimal rarities. It is believed that the Melbourne Mint struck a mere 250 pieces for the infant numismatic collector market of the 1930s, and, if its extremely infrequent appearance on the market is any guide, the number remaining in existence must be minuscule. A superb example, and a supreme acquisition for the serious Australian predecimal collector.

1938 Crown FDC

1938 Crown Proof FDC

An extraordinarily important Australian rarity, seldom seen on the market, the 1938 Crown FDC was struck at the Melbourne Mint in the tiniest of numbers. The second date of Australia’s 2-year predecimal crown type, it is thought that the mintage of the 1938 Crown FDC was perhaps as low as 100, with far fewer than that every released. Experts suggest that the number in existence could be as low as 20. With so few remaining, and this coin one of Australia’s most desirable Proof/FDC strikings, it goes without saying that the 1938 FDC is very rarely available to collectors.

1927 Florin aFDC

1927 Canberra Florin Proof aFDC

The 1927 Canberra Florin is known as ‘Australia’s most beautiful coin’. Australia’s first commemorative, celebrating the opening of the original Parliament House in 1927, this eye-catching George VI type was struck for circulation, but also struck to Proof/FDC standard in tiny numbers for collectors. Rarely offered, experts have proffered that perhaps as few as 100 examples of the 400-coin mintage remain in existence.

1951 Federation Florin aFDC

1951 Federation Florin Proof aFDC

An exotic ‘off metal’ striking, with the 1951 Federation Florin also exclusively struck in silver, the coin before you is believed to be one of only four examples of this key King George VI commemorative struck in cupro-nickel. Described as a Proof or a Pattern, and struck at the Royal Mint in London, this exceedingly rare coin is the headlining act of Downies Australian Coin Auctions Sale 317. A seldom seen, immensely important opportunity for the serious Australian predecimal collector.

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