Royal Australian Mint

The war to end all wars – 11.11.11

93 years on from the brutality and devastation which ultimately changed the fate of the globe, today we remember those who have lost their lives in the front line of war and armed conflicts.

Observed on November 11 throughout the Commonwealth nations, in 1918 at the “11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” Germany signed the Armistice – a formal end to the extensive bloodshed that was World War I.

A significant date which sees Remembrance Day fall on 11.11.11, the Royal Australian Mint has issued a scalloped red poppy Uncirculated Coin in the honour of each of our fallen heroes. A symbol of hope and renewal following the ‘sacrifice of shed blood’, the poppy was the first plant to blossom throughout the war torn battlefields.

A fitting tribute to the ‘war to end all wars’, the 2011 $5 Remembrance Day Unc is now available at Downies.com.

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2010 50c 150th Running Of The Melbourne Cup Cu-Ni Unc

105,979 roaring fans, 23 thoroughbred horses, 3200 metres and a photo finish to determine the champion, the 2011 Emirates Melbourne Cup lived up to its reputation as the ‘race that stops the nation’.

2010 50c 150th Running Of The Melbourne CupThe closest finish in the events 151 year history, after two painstakingly long minutes, captured only by a photo finish, Dunaden was crowned the winner of the 2011 Cup. One of the most exciting finishes seen throughout Australia’s greatest horse race, a modest Christophe Lemaire spared a thought for Australia’s Craig Williams, who just 24 hours prior had been charged with careless riding in turn handing Lemaire the winning reigns.

A truly spectacular event that for 151 years has commanded attention not only throughout the Australian nation but also across the globe! In celebration of the 150th anniversary of this notorious event, celebrated last year, the Royal Australian Mint issued the 2010 50c 150th Anniversary of Melbourne Cup Cu/Ni Unc. Never issued into circulation, the 150 year commemorative is available now at Downies.com.

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2011 $5 Queens Visit Al-Br Unc w/FREE $1 CHOGM

Just hours after the highly anticipated arrival of HM Queen Elizabeth II in Australia for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) held in Perth – Downies is pleased to announce the newest Royal-themed issue from the Royal Australian Mint - the 2011 $5 Queen’s Visit Unc. As seen on TV, this truly unique tribute to Her Majesty features 16 St Edward’s Crowns – symbolising each of the Queen’s visits ‘down under’. Created by Mr Wojciech Pietranik, a renowned designer behind the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games medals, this 38.74mm coin has been approved by the Queen herself!

2011 $5 Queens Visit Al-Br Unc

A fitting issue to mark this official event – when you purchase your 2011 $5 Queen’s Visit Unc at Downies, we are delighted to provide you with a FREE 2011 $1 CHOGM BU Coin!

2011 $1 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting BU

The perfect pair issued in celebration of this bi-yearly event – be sure to visit www.downies.com to secure your next Royal Family tribute!

64 years on and still as popular as ever! Hologramatic coinage!

Celebrating the discovery of the hologram, initially created to improve the resolution of an electron microscope – 64 years on, the hologram continues to captivate consumers with its use in art, marketing, science, entertainment, engineering, data storage and security devices.

2004 Hologram Proof Set

Using a technique that captures light from a laser to record an image of a desired object onto a photographic plate, enabling the image to appear three dimensional, holograms are most commonly used in a bid to win the battle against banknote counterfeiting across the globe.

2001 bore witness to the first hologram coin to be issued throughout Australia. Released to celebrate Australia’s 100 years of federation, initially issued for $79.50, this iconic coin now retails for an incredible $675.00!

2001 $5 Federation Finale Hologram Silver ProofWith an unprecedented demand for hologram coins, 2004 saw the Royal Australian Mint and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) combine technology with numismatics to create the world’s first holographic coin that portrayed the original designs of Australia’s iconic $1 circulating coin. Enabling the five kangaroos to appear as multi-coloured holograms creating the impression of colour and movement, this feature coin was issued in the Royal Australian Mint’s 2004 Proof Year Set.

With a small number of both of these innovative coins available to purchase online – head over to www.downies.com for further information.

2012 RAM Products available to order from Downies

With only hours until the Royal Australian Mint unveils their entire 2012 product themes and release dates at Federation Square in Melbourne, Downies is happy to announce that we will remain your one-stop shop to secure all of your 2012 RAM releases, as well as all the other important issues from Australia and around the world. And remember, all items at Downies accrue Bonus Points to be used regularly to redeem further items for FREE!

A stunning array of honorary issues, the 2012 collection also includes a wide range of tribute and commemorative pieces – perfect for every collection! Headlined by both a unique concaved $5 coin and a hyper-metallic coloured 50 cent coin, these exclusive 2012 Royal Australian Mint products will all be available to order at Downies.

Stay tuned to Downies.com for further information as it happens!

2010 Burke and Wills Royal Australian Mint Commemorative Sets

This month saw the release of the Royal Australian Mint’s annual Year Sets. As always, the inclusion of some exclusive coins has sparked the interest of collectors, not only in Australia, but also from around the globe. Following on from previous years, the RAM has kept up with appearances by releasing the 2010 versions of the ever popular Proof and Year sets, along with the extremely cute Baby Year Set (in both Proof and Mint quality), and the exquisite Wedding Set. However, it was more so the new 2010 Commemorative 2-Coin sets that attracted the attention of most!
Honouring one of Australia’s most famous missions of exploration, these new 2-coin sets commemorate the Burke & Wills Expedition of 1860.

Burke and Wills Unc Set

The History…

Gold was discovered in Victoria in 1851 and the subsequent gold-rush led to a huge influx of migrants, as a result Melbourne was slowly populated with gold seekers which rapidly led to the growth of schools, churches, libraries and learned societies. This large influx of European settlers spurred an interest in inland exploration and in 1854 The Philosophical Institute of Victoria was founded. Naturally many of the European settlers at the time were intrigued as to how expansive Australia really was and with the forming of the Exploration Committee by the Philosophical Institute in 1857, the catalyst to map out and explore Australia was too strong to resist. As a natural progression, Burke and Wills were later chosen to lead the ‘Victorian Exploring Expedition’ and then in 1860 they led an expedition of 19 men to cross Australia from Melbourne in the south to the Gulf of Carpentaria in the north, a distance of around 3,250 kilometers. At the time of their expedition most of the inland of Australia had not been explored by non-indigenous people and as a result was completely unknown to European settlers.

The expedition set off from Royal Park, Melbourne at about 4pm on 20th August 1860. The 19 men of the expedition included five Englishmen, six Irishmen, four Indian sepoys, three Germans and an American. They took twenty-three horses, six wagons and twenty-six camels. They had enough food to last them two years and ample amount of equipment fit for the expedition, however supplies were later left behind to lighten their load in the hopes they could increase their progress. Later in the expedition several men including second in charge George James Landells and the expedition’s surgeon, had all resigned. What was left of the expedition reached Menindee on October 12th, having taken two months to travel 750kms from Melbourne – the regular mail coach did the journey in little more than a week. By this time two of the expeditions five officers had resigned, thirteen members of the expedition had been fired and eight new men had been hired. Shortly after, Burke decided to split the group was he was concerned a rival explorer would beat him to the north coast and rob him of his title, and reward money which was offered by the South Australian Government.

Burke and Wills Proof Set

They halved expedition continued their journey to the Gulf of Carpentaria after deciding not to wait for the hotter weather to pass. The south-north leg of the journey was successfully completed; however they were sadly stopped by swampland just 5 kilometers from the northern coastline. On their way north the weather had been hot and dry, but on the way back the wet season broke and the tropical monsoonal rains began. This is where things began to take a turn for the worse, with a camel having to be abandoned and three other camels having to be shot and eaten, with their only horse later shot. Equipment was abandoned at a number of locations as the number of pack animals was reduced.

To extend their food supply they ate from the bush, with Burke and some of the others immediately coming down with dysentery. Charles Gray was the first to die on April 17th. The expedition later made it back to Coopers Creek where Burke, Wills and King continued on to make an attempt back to Melbourne. Their remaining camels later died and without pack animals Burke, Wills and King were unable to carry enough water to make it across the Desert to Mt Hopeless. As a result the three men were forced to return to Coopers Creek to wait for rescue from a search party. The three men lived on bush tucker and food given to them by local aboriginals. Towards the end of June 1961 Burke and King decided to return upstream to see if a rescue party had arrived. Wills became too weak to continue and was left behind as his own insistence. Burke and King continued upstream for another two days until Burke became too weak to continue – the next morning he died. King stayed with his body for two days and then returned downstream where he found that Wills had also died. King was later found by a search party, in pitiful condition, living with the Yandruwandha. He survived the trip back to Melbourne and died eleven years later aged 33 having never recovered his health.

Burke and Wills Proof Set

The Coins…

Available in Proof quality, these sparkling new sets from the RAM represent a fitting tribute to the 150th anniversary of the incredible achievements and great determination of the men who undertook this journey into the unknown. Sure to be hotly pursued by non-collectors, with Burke & Wills among Australia’s foremost ‘household names’, these sets are crucial to decimal collectors. The only way you can obtain the 20c and $1 Burke & Wills commemorative coins, with neither being issued for circulation and neither found in the 2010 Proof and Mint Sets, these new 2-coin presentations are essential to anyone keen to maintain a complete decimal collection.

  • Official tributes to Burke & Wills Expedition 150th anniversary
  • Available in both superb Proof quality
  • Includes the one-year-only 2010 20c and $1 commemoratives!
  • Housed in official, informative, attractive presentation packs
  • Offered at the same affordable Official Issue Price as last year!

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2010 Burke and Wills 2-Coin Proof Set
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2010 Burke and Wills 2-Coin Unc Set
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